Network Rail regulation and performance

Watchdog responds to Network Rail’s plans for South London

15.11.07: Network Rail’s recently published draft South London ‘Route Utilisation Strategy’ (the official name for its plans) is a ‘last patch’ for a network already straining at the seams according to independent rail watchd...

Industrial symbiosis-improving sustainability in the rail industry

14.11.07: Increased environmental awareness, concerns about climate change and carbon footprints means that sustainability is swiftly making its way to the top of the issues agenda in the rail industry. A number of companies within the sector are alr...

Keeping things moving

14.11.07: Transport is dictated by timetables. Faced with ever-tighter schedules, maintaining transport environments without introducing delays to journeys is becoming a delicate balancing act. Every mode of transport brings its own unique challenges...

New Stratford train crew accommodation awarded beacon status

14.11.07: Lyn Brown MP presents award to Tube Lines for environmentally responsible accommodation A Tube Lines construction site has been recognised and awarded beacon status for demonstrating excellence for environmental consideration and putting in...

Network Rail suppliers get on board new framework contracts

08.11.07: New contracts and new suppliers are being introduced by Network Rail into its £130 million professional services business. The company is looking for the move to add further competition and help drive efficiencies and reduce costs. Th...

New Members for Network Rail

08.11.07: Network Rail has announced the names of its 28 new Public Members who will help keep the company accountable for its actions. Says Chairman, Ian McAllister, “We are delighted to welcome 28 new members who have a firm belief in accountabili...

Network Rail publishes the strategic business plan - a five year vision for Britain's railway

01.11.07: Network Rail today issued the Strategic Business Plan which outlines its spending proposals for the five-year period from 2009 to 2014. The document forms part of the company's ongoing discussions with the Office of Rail Regulation about its fun...

Making tracks in Trent Valley

19.10.07: Network Rail’s £350m Trent Valley 4 Tracking project to widen the West Coast Main Line through Staffordshire reached a major milestone today when one of the first stretches of new railway to be constructed was used by trains for the...

Network Rail announces track renewal changes

19.10.07: Tuesday 11 September 2007 07:00 Contractors delivering renewals work to be reduced from 6 to 4 Work rebalanced geographically, with points and plain-line aligned Quality, performance and efficiency of rail renewals to improve ...

IFC fuelling system keeps Virgin on track

01.10.07: The first European scheduled passenger train to run on biodiesel is being kept on track with the help of Industrial Flow Control Ltd. IFC, based in Essex, was called in to create a bespoke biofuel dispensing system for the adapted Virgin Vo...

IFC unveils first biodiesel compatible rail coupler to UK

01.10.07: Following successful trials across the UK, Industrial Flow Control Ltd has released an innovative development of the1.5” fuelling coupler onto the market. The Flyte-type rail fuelling coupler boasts a huge range of benefits and is tot...

Network Rail scoops People Management Award

01.10.07: Network Rail has beaten off stiff competition to scoop The People Management Award 2007 for the delivery of its advanced apprenticeship scheme. This was announced at the gala dinner in Harrogate, at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Devel...

Is perception reality?

27.09.07: Network Rail and their suppliers must work in harmony to select the right technology and to resource and programme signalling work so as to deliver sustainable solutions, says J.D. Francis, former president of The Institution of Railway Signal E...

Minimising Ecological Impact

27.09.07: The Thameslink programme will provide a much needed upgrade to principal commuter routes across the south east. Ecology Consultancy Ltd (ECL) has been on hand to help minimise the ecological impact of the proposed works. The Thameslink prog...

Network Rail scoops The People Management Award with innovative apprenticeships to develop highly skilled engineers

27.09.07: Network Rail has beaten stiff competition to scoop The People Management Award 2007 for the delivery of its advanced apprenticeship scheme. This was announced at the Gala Dinner in Harrogate, at the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Developme...

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ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT... more >
Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20/09/2018Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20/09/2018DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review ann... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >