Network Rail regulation and performance

ORR's Rail Review

07.06.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has published its National rail review and Network Rail monitor covering the fourth quarter of 2006-07. The look back on the last quarter shows an industry in which train operators have built upon improve...

First phase of Basingstoke Engineering Project completed on time

01.06.07: Network Rail has announced the successful completion of the first phase of a major £130 million rail engineering project in Basingstoke. The ambitious project, which will run until 2008, is the one of the biggest being undertaken by Netw...

Early weed warning

01.03.07: After such a mild winter, weeds such as, Japanese knotweed, bramble, buddleia and other woody species will have had a kick start, and could be a real safety hazard on the railways later this year if left unchecked. These weeds are widesprea...

Network Rail seeks engineering apprentices

01.03.07: Up to 26 new recruits are being sought by Network Rail in the North West for its industry-leading advanced apprenticeship scheme. Now in its third year, the programme will take on 240 aspiring engineers. For the first time, in 2007, Network Rail...

EDF Energy secures £1m rail power works

01.01.07: EDF Energy has secured two new contracts worth almost £1million for electrification work on Network Rail infrastructure. The first contract relates to the modification of existing high voltage switchgear at locations on the Basingstok...

Major Portsmouth engineering works on track

01.01.07: Network Rail announced the successful completion of the first phase of a major rail engineering project in Portsmouth over the Christmas and New Year period. The £100 million project will see a major overhaul of signalling and track e...

Network Rail wins prestigious talent management award

01.01.07: Network Rail beat off stiff competition, including Carphone Warehouse and Deloittes, to win the talent management award at the recent Personnel Today national awards. Peter Bennett, HR director at Network Rail, said, “Network Rail iss...

PCF provides possession visualisation for Network Rail

01.01.07: Possession management is a major challenge for all railway operators worldwide, due to the long lead times associated with track possessions and the need to coordinate the activities of multiple stakeholder communities. PCF’s planning tool...

Faceo – helping clients clean up their act

01.11.06: Having sound systems and processes ensures that you comply with the latest legislative requirements, but actually doing something about the output involves more than just processes. Innovation, ownership and long-term planning, coupled with soun...

Thinking outside the station box

01.11.06: Think rail and perhaps the first thing that comes to most people’s minds is trains, platforms, tickets and passengers; but I bet that vegetation management, ecology and environmental issues doesn’t figure too highly on anyone’s...

Wake up by the House of Commons Environmental Audit Committee to Government on emissions welcomed by the rail freight industry

01.09.06: The Rail Freight Group (RFG) has been campaigning for several years for the Government to recognise the environmental benefits of rail freight. The Department for Transport’s own report on ‘Rail Contribution to the Energy Review&rsqu...

ORR consults on incentives framework for Network Rail to apply from 2009

01.07.06: The Office of Rail Regulation has published a consultation paper on the incentives framework for Network Rail and its partners. The paper examines how the incentives facing Network Rail, in particular, might be enhanced to drive further improvem...

Network Rail appoints financial adviser

01.05.06: Network Rail has announced the appointment of professional services firm Ernst & Young as its principle financial adviser for Network Rail’s station development programme. The contract will initially run for three years with an option...

Safety is more than skin deep

01.01.06: Although safety is very much part of the rail sector’s DNA, there are still areas in which technology could be used to reduce accidents further and improve project efficiencies. So says Bob Tallentire, managing director of Adien, the utili...

British Transport Police awarded £3.6 billion

01.12.05: Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, has announced a £3.6 million funding allocation for British Transport Police (BTP). The British Transport Police covers the rail systems across Britain, including London Underground and some tram...

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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

In this article biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed look 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. There is ... more >
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A benchmark year for HS2

13/03/2018A benchmark year for HS2

Jim Crawford, managing director of Phase 1 at HS2 Ltd, discusses the many critical activities set to take place this year as the mammoth high-spe... more >
The North has a plan

13/03/2018The North has a plan

There has always been an incredible thirst for change in the north. Now, there is finally a plan robust and forward-thinking enough to make it ha... more >
EWR: Getting it right

13/03/2018EWR: Getting it right

Peter Austin, delivery director at East West Rail Company (EWRco), argues that completing the link between Oxford and Cambridge as quickly as pos... 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 >