Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

NR engineers repair flood damage

13.06.07: Freight trains through the West Midlands were on the move again as Network Rail reopened the Water Orton to Walsall route following a massive landslip at Bosty Lane in Aldridge. The incident occurred on June 15 on a day when the West Midlands su...

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...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the ... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve ... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two compa... more >

editor's comment

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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >