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Thousands of SMEs to benefit from rail contract changes

Thousands of SMEs to benefit from rail contract changes

21.06.18: Network Rail will be changing contract terms between subcontractors and suppliers in an effort to benefit thousands of small medium enterprises around the country. The publicly-financed organisation will now require suppliers to commit to s...

NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

20.06.18: Network Rail has commenced the tender process for the next generation of track work contracts, valued at up to £5bn. A Contract Notice has been issued in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU), opening up the contracts to inter...

Business owners face closure as Network Rail pushes on with billion-pound asset sale

Business owners face closure as Network Rail pushes on with billion-pound asset sale

04.06.18: Business owners based in railway arches around the UK face closure as Network Rail goes ahead with plans to sell off infrastructure assets in a billion-pound sale. Sole traders such as bakers, mechanics, bike repairs and shop owners wi...

Communication with passengers ‘woeful’ after timetable changes

Communication with passengers ‘woeful’ after timetable changes

01.06.18: The major disruption faced by passengers following rail timetable changes could be investigated by MPs. Lilian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Committee, said that the transport secretary, Network Rail and the train operating companies have q...

NR and Northern to review failures of recent timetable shake-up ahead of December changes

NR and Northern to review failures of recent timetable shake-up ahead of December changes

25.05.18: Network Rail and Northern will commission an independent report and recommendations into the processes that led up to the TOC’s recent timetable change which, despite its long-term goal of improving services, has delivered an unacceptable am...

Bromham Road Bridge rebuild plans revised following community feedback

Bromham Road Bridge rebuild plans revised following community feedback

23.05.18: Network Rail has updated its proposals for the reconstruction of Bromham Road Bridge as part of the Midland Main Line Upgrade. The work will allow all of the railway lines through Bedford to be electrified. Since the first meeting of the for...

NR starts £9.5m flood defence scheme

NR starts £9.5m flood defence scheme

21.05.18: Network Rail has commenced work on a £9.5m flood defence scheme in the south west. The scheme, which will protect the railway line between Exeter and Salisbury, will see two 550 tonne underground bridge structures installed beneath the ra...

NR found guilty of safety failure after signaller breaks neck

NR found guilty of safety failure after signaller breaks neck

14.05.18: Network Rail has been found guilty of an offence under the Health and Safety Work Act following a level crossing accident. Signaller, Douglas Caddell, suffered life-changing injuries after he was struck by a car as he tried to close the level c...

Engineers commence studies to safeguard Devon and Cornwall railway

Engineers commence studies to safeguard Devon and Cornwall railway

11.05.18: Expert engineers have begun detailed studies along the route between Teignmouth and Dawlish in order to safeguard the railway in Devon and Cornwall. Network Rail has been devising plans to safeguard the railway since 2014, when the railway line...

Network Rail seeks more views on Heathrow rail link

Network Rail seeks more views on Heathrow rail link

08.05.18: Network Rail is seeking views on a potential new rail link that would connect the Great Western Main Line (GWML) to London Heathrow Airport from the west. The consultation, which will run for six weeks, will build on the 1,000 responses receive...

High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

High-speed handbacks could save NR £250,000 a week

25.04.18: New approaches to engineering could potentially save £250,000 a week by allowing trains to run at higher speeds once work is complete, Network Rail has said. When a tamping machine is used alone to place track into position and consolidat...

Great North Rail Project sees £46m spent on Wigan train depot

Great North Rail Project sees £46m spent on Wigan train depot

24.04.18: Wigan is to gain a new £46m train depot as part of the Great North Rail Project. The number of passengers in the north is set to double over the next 25 years, and so more depots are needed to enable the more frequent services and additio...

Network Rail plans flood alleviation scheme for Hele

Network Rail plans flood alleviation scheme for Hele

23.04.18: Network Rail plans to carry out a flood resilience project in Hele, it has announced. Flooding has been a longstanding problem in the area around Station Road, and so a scheme has been developed which is expected to reduce the risk of flooding...

Supervisory board established to drive rail improvements in Anglia

Supervisory board established to drive rail improvements in Anglia

19.04.18: A new dedicated Route Supervisory Board has been formed to drive improvements to Anglia’s regional rail network. The board has been formed through Network Rail joining Anglia’s passenger, train and freight organisations, and will be...

Failure to stop events increased by 10,000 in four years

Failure to stop events increased by 10,000 in four years

17.04.18: Trains in Britain miss scheduled stops an average of 160 times a day, according to recent figures from Network Rail. A Freedom of Information (FoI) request by the BBC revealed that in the financial year up to 23 February, over 52,000 services o...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... 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 >