Network Rail regulation and performance

Geotechnical problems on railway infrastructure and the influence of climate change

19.02.08: A review of the many publications on climate change and transport show, understandably, a preoccupation with the measures taken to limit or reduce carbon emissions. The government's recently published climate change bill has a target of at least...

ORR issues updated environmental guidance to the railway industry

19.02.08: The Office of Rail Regulation published updated guidance to the rail industry to help each regulated enterprise take appropriate account of the environment as part of its everyday operations. The guidance provides advice on the issues that each...

STATS joins RSK Group

19.02.08: In January 2008, STATS joined the RSK Group to form the UK’s largest privately owned environmental consultancy with around 900 combined staff spread across 39 locations worldwide. Explaining the move, STATS chairman Adrian Marsh says:...

Working with wildlife needn’t be an issue for infrarail projects

19.02.08: With the growing number of rail infrastructure projects in the pipeline there are bound to be a significant number that will impact on ecology and wildlife. With good ecological management and advanced planning this needn’t necessarily be...

Network Rail to launch new pension scheme

15.02.08: A third pension scheme, widening the choice for its 34,000 employees, has been unveiled by Network Rail. The pension scheme will be a defined benefit arrangement, based on the average of an employees earnings, known as Career Average Revalu...

Network Rail's rock solid investment in new ballast cleaner

15.02.08: Network Rail took another significant step in its drive to improve the way it carries out engineering and maintenance works this month by ordering a new ballast cleaning system. Built by Austrian rail engineering firm Plasser and Theurer, t...

ORR signals tougher regime for Network Rail

15.02.08: The Office of Rail Regulation today set out how it will hold Network Rail to account for meeting tough new targets and delivering a better value for money railway as part of its Periodic Review process. ORR has provided an update on how it...

Passenger Focus makes submission to ORR enquiry

15.02.08: Passenger Focus’ submission criticises the lack of information passengers were provided with during New Year disruptions at Liverpool Street, Glasgow and on West Coast routes. The national rail watchdog has also called for Network Rail to...

Flybe and Network Rail receive support pledge from GoSkills

01.02.08: Newly appointed awarding bodies a credit to the sector says GoSkills. GoSkills, the Sector Skills Council (SSC) for Passenger Transport has offered its congratulations to Flybe and Network Rail (along with McDonald’s) following their...

Network Rail swoops to bring specialists in-house

25.01.08: Key employees of Elec-Track Installations Ltd (ETI) have been invited by Network Rail to join the infrastructure owner. Around 50 employees of the Kent-based firm – which is in administration – are specialist supervisors for the inst...

Investigation continues as network rail quizzes contractors over New Year delays

18.01.08: Network Rail completed a series of meetings last week, with contractors responsible for delivering work on the West Coast upgrade project and work at Liverpool Street station. After the engineering overruns over the New Year period, Network Rail...

ORR investigation underway

10.01.08: The Office of Rail Regulation has given further details of its urgent investigation into Network Rail's management of engineering projects. ORR's investigation will focus on: • the New Year over-running engineering works; &bu...

Network Rail Chairman honoured

03.01.08: Commenting on the award of his knighthood, Network Rail's Chairman, Sir Ian McAllister said: "I was thrilled to learn of this news. Whilst it is a huge personal honour for me it is also, I hope, a recognition of how much the railway has improved...

ORR responds to Network Rail SBP

03.01.08: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has informed the Department for Transport and Transport Scotland that it is likely their respective output specifications for the railways can be afforded with the public funds they have committed for the five...

Rail industry confirms 10 year strategy to meet passenger growth on Anglia routes

03.01.08: Network Rail on behalf of the rail industry has published its final strategy to deliver a rail network able to manage the rapid expansion of the Anglia region and growth in rail usage over the next 10 years. The publication, which will now go fo...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Pr... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. ... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >