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RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

30.10.17: The RAIB has released its report into a serious irregularity which occurred at Cardiff East Junction in December 2016 which could have caused trains to collide with each other. The incident occurred whilst Network Rail carried out extensive re...

Network Rail confirms year’s largest property sale

Network Rail confirms year’s largest property sale

20.10.17: Network Rail has pocketed £35m from the sell-off of its National Logistics Centre in Ryton – representing the organisation’s largest-value property sale this year. The deal is part of NR plans to sell off infrastructure in...

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

09.10.17: Network Rail has published a report showing that diverse teams perform better, particularly when it comes to gender mix. The report found that teams with an even balance of men and women perform the best, with teams that meet the 20% critical m...

NR puts support behind RISQS under new suppliers

NR puts support behind RISQS under new suppliers

25.09.17: The rail industry will now only be required to subscribe to one supplier assurance scheme, the Rail Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), as Network Rail today announced new arrangements for the delivery of the system. RISQS descr...

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

Network Rail appoints chair for new Wales route board

11.09.17: Network Rail, Arriva Trains Wales and the Welsh Government have joined forces to create a new board that builds on the industry’s ambition to bring track and train closer together – especially as the new Wales and Borders franchise e...

Questions remain

Questions remain

11.09.17: Peter Loosley, policy director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), says that the government’s acceptance of increased renewals volumes in CP6 is welcome – but significant questions remain over funding and CP5 renewals. Th...

RIA: Government must do more to end stop-start NR funding

RIA: Government must do more to end stop-start NR funding

04.09.17: Government must do more to support the rail sector, particularly in relation to the stop-start funding of Network Rail control periods and the peaks and troughs of other major projects, the CEO of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) has state...

Carne: I’m determined for private sector to directly invest in railway

Carne: I’m determined for private sector to directly invest in railway

01.09.17: I have always firmly believed improving Britain’s railway is vital for economic growth, jobs and housing. The railway has been growing by 3-4% for 20 years, representing the fastest level of growth in the last hundred years – and pas...

NR routes to publish ‘pipeline’ of third party opportunities by year end

NR routes to publish ‘pipeline’ of third party opportunities by year end

31.07.17: A number of major reforms, including the publication of a ‘pipeline’ of opportunities for third parties by Network Rail’s routes by the end of the year, have been announced to enable companies in the private sector to be more d...

ORR: Network Rail 5% less efficient than three years ago

ORR: Network Rail 5% less efficient than three years ago

20.07.17: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today stated that there has been a significant decline in efficiency from Network Rail during CP5, as the infrastructure owner is carrying out its work 5% less efficiently than it did three years ago. I...

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

DfT promises CP6 renewals boost, but pushes funding deal to October

20.07.17: Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to a higher volume of renewals activity in CP6 in order to “maintain safety and improve on current levels of reliability and punctuality” – but has pushed back the announcement of a...

PPM to be recorded on punctuality of trains ‘to the minute’ by 2019

PPM to be recorded on punctuality of trains ‘to the minute’ by 2019

18.07.17: Rail companies have today said that they are working together to adopt the most transparent method for recording train punctuality in Europe by measuring services to the minute. At present, train punctuality, or the public performance measu...

Network Rail reveals major Derby Triangle development to create 3,300 jobs

Network Rail reveals major Derby Triangle development to create 3,300 jobs

13.07.17: Network Rail has this week announced that it is supporting a major development at the Derby Triangle that will create 3,300 permanent jobs in the area. A resolution to grant outline planning permission was received yesterday for the 50-acre...

Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

26.05.17: The RMT has this week vowed to fight “vigorously” against planned cuts to renewals work for Network Rail (NR) being carried out by contractor Carillion. The news was broken as the company handed the union a consultation document...

RAIB calls for safety review after passenger died leaning out of carriage window

RAIB calls for safety review after passenger died leaning out of carriage window

25.05.17: Network Rail and operators have been told to improve their safety standards and data sharing after a passenger was killed last year when they stuck their head out of a train carriage.   The incident involved a passenger on the Gatwick...

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DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

12/12/2018DfT confirms Northern Powerhouse Rail business case delayed until 2019

The strategic outline business case for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), which was due to be submitted to the government ... more >
TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

12/12/2018TfL shelves plans for Tube upgrades as financial woes revealed

Plans to upgrade major parts of London Underground will be put on hold and Crossrail 2 is now in doubt after TfL has dis... more >
Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

12/12/2018Hitachi and Spencer Group join forces for £500m Tyne and Wear Metro deal bid

Hitachi and Spencer Group have launched a joint bid to win a £500m contract to build new trains and a maintenance ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >