Network Rail regulation and performance

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...

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...

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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recen... more >
Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

18/06/2019Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

Train drivers’ union Aslef launched its On Track with Diversity report at the Houses of Parliament on Monday,... more >
Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of t... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >