Network Rail regulation and performance

Practical ecological solutions from Keystone Environmental

24.07.07: Railways, which served to open up the UK, have coalesced into essential biological corridors and reserves for flora and fauna, largely because they have not been ploughed, fertilised or subject to the disturbance experienced by surrounding farml...

Preparatory work starts on Glasgow Airport Rail Link

24.07.07: Preparatory work on the Glasgow Airport Rail Link was due to start this month. Between 1 July and 16 November 2007, Network Rail will install portal frames for the overhead line electrification along a stretch of track between Shields Junct...

Using simulators to measure energy saving techniques

24.07.07: RSSB is currently assisting the rail industry to ensure a ‘sustainable future’ for the railways by promoting a number of initiatives to protect the environment and minimise the impact of climate change. Part of this process will be t...

Climate must be central to transport spending, say green groups

23.07.07: A package of measures, including a carbon reduction fund, is desperately needed to cut rising emissions from transport sector, a coalition of green groups has told the government. The environmental campaign groups met officials in Whitehall...

ECL helping to reconnect Wales

23.07.07: Ebbw Vale is in line for an upgraded rail network and Ecology Consultancy is the company providing vital ecological expertise. Ecology Consultancy Ltd (ECL) is a specialist consultancy with a team of ecologists with extensive rail industry...

Environmental compliance – is it enough?

23.07.07: The role of vegetation management companies in environmental sustainability The environment is becoming increasingly prominent in our industry and particularly in the minds of policy makers, politicians and the public. Tenders and bids all...

Environmental sustainability in industry

23.07.07: Whatever your position in the global warming debate, issues such as water pollution, soil contamination, depletion of energy resources and loss of space to dispose of waste just simply can not be ignored. In the rail industry for example, a...

GNER unveils high-tech simulator

23.07.07: GNER has unveiled the latest train to join its fleet – yet passengers will never see it in action. GNER has invested £1.5 million in four new high-tech train driving simulator machines which replicate the full range of real life trai...

Going greener

23.07.07: According to a Department of Trade and Industry report, transport has been the biggest single energy user in the UK for the past 17 years, accounting for 34 per cent of final energy use in 2003. But how green is the Tube compared to other modes...

Rail industry signals new approach to sustainability

23.07.07: There is a huge opportunity for the rail sector to develop a much more compelling case for sustainability within the industry. This is the conclusion of recent work initiated by Forum for the Future, the UK’s leading sustainable developmen...

Virgin purify burgeoning biodiesel market

23.07.07: In a climate of carbon offsetting, CO2 reduction and the promotion of environmentally friendly travel and transportation, Tony Collins, CEO of Virgin Trains leads a host of speakers for this year’s biofuels conference Expo in Newark, 17-18...

Virgin Trains launches biodiesel train

23.07.07: Sir Richard Branson and Gordon Brown launched Europe's first biodiesel blend train in scheduled passenger service on 7 June – the 11:27 from London Euston to Llandudno. The train is the first in Europe to use a practicable blended fue...

ORR grants Network Rail exemption for the removal of TPWS at specified permanent speed restrictions

21.06.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has granted Network Rail an exemption from the provision of the Railway Safety Regulations 1999 (RSR) concerning removal of the train protection and warning system (TPWS) at certain permanent speed restriction...

Halfway point reached in major sub stations project

19.06.07: Siemens Transportation Systems has reached a major milestone with the delivery of half of twenty-four 25kV sub stations as part of an ongoing major contract with Network Rail to upgrade power substations across the network. With all the ins...

Network Rail chief executive visits flood sites

13.06.07: Network Rail's chief executive, John Armitt, has seen some of the devastation caused by floods in South Yorkshire first hand. Mr Armitt arranged the visit to thank Network Rail people who have been working around the clock to restore servic...

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Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the... more >
New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

14/08/2018New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

New plans including a new access point to York station and the expansion of the National Railway Museum headline groundb... more >
Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

14/08/2018Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

HS2 Ltd is facing a fresh legal challenge from Spanish manufacturer Talgo over what it argues has been “botched&rd... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >