Network Rail regulation and performance

Network Rail faces penalty for poor planning

02.08.07: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has announced its intention to impose a penalty of £2.4m on Network Rail for the weaknesses in the planning and execution of the Portsmouth resignalling scheme. ORR concluded last month that Network...

Environment and the rail industry: challenges from the past and opportunities for the future

24.07.07: With perhaps one of the largest legacy land holdings in the UK, the rail industry has been confronting the issues of managing contaminated land for a long period. Whether at a national or local level, the obligation to provide safe and comprehen...

Government proposes new measures to encourage sustainable biofuels

24.07.07: Transport secretary Douglas Alexander has underlined the government's commitment to sustainable biofuels as he launched a consultation on an environmental reporting system for this type of fuel and a package of measures to complement the reporti...

Huge environmental benefits of the new Docklands Light Railway extension

24.07.07: A new report has shown that the Docklands Light Railway extension to London City Airport has brought huge environmental benefits with around 120,000 fewer taxi rides and 288,000 fewer car journeys having been necessary, reducing carbon dioxide e...

Network Rail launches new suite of contracts

24.07.07: Suppliers and contractors should find doing business with Network Rail more straightforward and efficient with the implementation of a new suite of contracts. Starting from July, the contracts will provide more consistency and clarity on key iss...

Network Rail-probably the UK’s largest reuser of waste tyres, thanks to HoldFast

24.07.07: One of Network Rail’s least well known environmental achievements is that, without any UK or EC subsidies or grants, it is probably the UK’s largest reuser of waste rubber tyres, thanks to its innovative supplier HoldFast Level Cross...

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...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotiv... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-spe... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to ma... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >