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Faster, faster

Faster, faster

01.07.12: British Transport Police’s Chief Inspector Christopher Horton and London Underground’s Operations Director Nigel Holness speak to RTM about an innovative new scheme to improve emergency response on the Underground. A collab...

Leading the way

Leading the way

01.07.12: Terri Vogt, head of CSR at FirstGroup, explains how sustainability sets the company’s rail division apart from other operators. Arecent sustainability report produced by EIRIS has ranked FirstGroup as the top company for sustainabilit...

Skills gaps in the rail industry

Skills gaps in the rail industry

01.07.12: RTM speaks to Simon Tarr, chief operating officer at sector skills council People 1st, about employment and skills trends in the rail industry. Analysis of official labour force statistics suggests that rail has a workforce of around 133,00...

Training rail's transient workforce

Training rail's transient workforce

01.07.12: RTM speaks to NSARE chief executive Gil Howarth about its joint bid with Network Rail, TfL and Crossrail for Government funds to upskill the transient workforce – the so-called ‘weekend warriors’. The three biggest employe...

A booming supply chain

A booming supply chain

02.05.12: Jeremy Candfield, Director General of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), speaks to RTM about the economic situation for rail businesses. Recent surveys by major business groups have suggested that UK manufacturing is bouncing back afte...

As fast as we can

As fast as we can

02.05.12: Professor Andrew McNaughton, chief engineer of HS2 Ltd, addressed the iRail event and then talked to RTM about the importance of engaging younger people, and the future of high speed rail. The rail industry has a heck of a good future,&rdqu...

Feel the power

Feel the power

01.05.12: A £22m project that started in 2008 to fit more than 200 trains in the South West Trains fleet with regenerative braking is now complete. RTM spoke to the operator’s engineering director Christian Roth. Investing in regenerative...

Listening to the passenger

Listening to the passenger

01.05.12: Centro’s Rail Partnerships Manager, Steven Fisher, explains more about the agreement that is adding value to West Midlands’ railways. An innovative partnership arrangement between Centro and operator London Midland is set to imp...

'Years ahead' on safety compliance

'Years ahead' on safety compliance

01.05.12: RTM talks to Heathrow Express managing director Keith Greenfield about the upgrade of its fleet and its decision to rebrand itself. Heathrow Express has unveiled the result of a £16m rebrand and rolling stock refurbishment, three year...

A smoother ride

A smoother ride

02.03.12: Northern Ireland is close to replacing the last of its jointed rail tracks with continuously welded rail, as part of a project that will see many other track safety improvements and eventually improved services on the Coleraine to Derry-Londonde...

Ready for take off

Ready for take off

02.03.12: Heathrow Express’s new managing director, Keith Greenfield, talks to RTM about attracting more foreign visitors to the UK onto the service, and how the operator benchmarks itself against airline business travel standards rather than other...

Cash flows

Cash flows

01.03.12: The way in which local rail and light rail schemes get funding could change comprehensively under Government plans. RTM gets a view from Jonathan Bray, director of the Support Unit at the Passenger Transport Executive Group (pteg). The DfT...

Cutting cable theft

Cutting cable theft

01.03.12: Lee Armson, London North Western route performance manager for Network Rail, has waged war on cable theft – and has managed to reverse the upward trend. The rise in cable theft has been matched by a plethora of options available both...

Freight ready

Freight ready

01.03.12: The GNGE route linking Peterborough and Doncaster via Spalding, Lincoln and Gainsborough is undergoing a largescale upgrade to make it suitable for modern freight containers and relieve pressure on the ECML. RTM found out more from senior sponso...

From 'average' to 'excellent'

From 'average' to 'excellent'

01.03.12: Ian Prosser, director of railway safety at the ORR, talks to RTM about advances in passenger safety and driving improvements for the future. Safety on the railways is improving year on year, but there is still much that needs to be done to...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >