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Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

16.01.20: Vivarail achieved a UK first yesterday (Jan 15) as their Class 230 train travelled 40 miles on battery power alone. It comes during a time of desperate need for a cleaner, greener train network as the UK strives for net zero carbon by 2050....

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

15.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Tom Wake, head of national rail route teams at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), discusses the importance of improving the safety of track workers.  On June 24, 2014 a group of 12 track workers nea...

Building on success - Hull Trains

Building on success - Hull Trains

15.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Louise Cheeseman, managing director at Hull Trains, speaks to Rail Technology Magazine as she reflects on 2019 and outlines what’s next for Hull Trains in 2020 As we approach our twentieth year in...

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

13.01.20: Source RTM: Dec 2019 /Jan 2020   Commercial director Ken Blackley explains how Network Rail’s new action plan for working with small and medium sized enterprises will mean better engagement, listening and solutions. ...

XRAIL Group awarded seven-year contract in Saudi Arabia

XRAIL Group awarded seven-year contract in Saudi Arabia

02.01.20: A long-term maintenance contract on the Haramain High Speed Railway (HHR) in Saudi Arabia has been awarded to XRAIL Group. HHR is a 453-kilometre long high-speed, digital inter-city rail system, and has been referred to as the ‘crown...

Network Rail seeking £2.8m worth of contracts for technological solutions

Network Rail seeking £2.8m worth of contracts for technological solutions

20.12.19: Innovate UK and UK Research and Innovation have today (Dec 20) announced that Network Rail is looking for organisations to apply for contracts worth £2.8m. Organisations can apply for a share of £2.8m for projects that tackle te...

RIA responds to General Election result

RIA responds to General Election result

13.12.19: The results of the 2019 General Election have been announced today (Dec 13) with a Conservative party majority. Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association has responded to the news and referred back to the previously...

€1bn investment into Ireland’s rail network

€1bn investment into Ireland’s rail network

02.12.19: The Government of Ireland has today (Dec 2) announced a new €1bn investment into the country’s rail network. The minster for transport, tourism and sport, Shane Ross has confirmed the €1bn investment as part of a five-year i...

Rail Delivery Group responds to 2020 rail fares proposal

Rail Delivery Group responds to 2020 rail fares proposal

02.12.19: Saturday (30 Nov) saw the rail fares for 2020 published and an expected rise of an average of 2.7% in price in the coming year, with some staying the same and some reducing. Despite the expected average increase, this is the third year in a...

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

RIA and Network Rail launch supply chain survey

25.11.19: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has today (Nov 25) launched a survey in partnership with Network Rail to gather views from the supply chain on the product acceptance process. The aim of the survey is to gain insight into how the indu...

A workforce which reflects society

A workforce which reflects society

15.11.19: Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, joins us in the studio for the third episode of our RTM podcast, talking at length about her role and how it came about – Loraine was the first person to hold her cu...

Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

02.11.19: Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the lack of gender diversity in the rail industry. It is no secret that more work needs to be...

The dangers of fatigues

The dangers of fatigues

01.11.19: Source: RTM Oct/Nov 2019   Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance – and when we’re fatigued we make more mistakes. ...

Mind the skills gap

Mind the skills gap

01.11.19: Source: RTM Oct/Nov 2019   Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the recently renamed National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure, explains how the college is aiming to bridge the skills gap in the transport and infrastru...

'Control never leaves the engineer'

'Control never leaves the engineer'

01.11.19: Source: RTM Oct/Nov 2019   David Brazier, area sales manager and site manager at OMICRON, spoke with Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts to find out more about their latest product, the CMC 430, and supporting engineers util...

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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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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio ... more >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >