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Leader of Rotherham Council and Mayor of Doncaster ask Government to re-think HS2

Leader of Rotherham Council and Mayor of Doncaster ask Government to re-think HS2

30.09.19: Leader of Rotherham Council, Chris Read and Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, have shared concerns with Douglas Oakervee, the man behind the HS2 review. They have restated their position to go back to the original Meadowhall option or fundamen...

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

Developing the future of UK infrastructure invested in Southampton

27.09.19: The University of Southampton officially unveils the National Infrastructure Laboratory on its Boldrewood Innovation campus today. The opening of the centre, by chief executive of Network Rail, Andrew Haines, will see the Southampton’...

Andy Burnham reveals plans for a transformed ‘London style’ rail system for Greater Manchester

Andy Burnham reveals plans for a transformed ‘London style’ rail system for Greater Manchester

26.09.19: The Mayor of Greater Manchester has today announced his bold new masterplan for a ‘London style’ transport system of integrated train journeys and multi-modal zonal ticketing. Launching the plans today, Andy Burnham expressed hi...

New rail testing scheme launched for small businesses

New rail testing scheme launched for small businesses

25.09.19: Businesses in the West Midlands are being offered subsidised access to test and trial facilities as a way to boost railway innovation. The University of Birmingham has joined forces with Quinton Rail Technology Centre (QRTC) to offer access...

Get into Railway celebrates five years and £1.6m success

Get into Railway celebrates five years and £1.6m success

23.09.19: The formidable partnership between Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and The Prince’s Trust have announced today (23 September) that their Get into Railway training programme has generated £1.6m since it was set up in 2014. GTR, th...

The next generation of rail infrastructure

The next generation of rail infrastructure

11.09.19: How the rail industry delivers the next generation of complex infrastructure will rely heavily on the people tasked with leading the projects, and the technology they use to do it. Faithful+Gould joined forces with Atkins at this year’s TC...

Putting passengers first

Putting passengers first

11.09.19: How does the rail industry design the railways for the next 40 years, and when it does, how do we make sure it’s all done with the passenger in mind? Jane Fisher joined three members of the Arup team at one of this year’s TCR Midland...

Cleaning up the railways

Cleaning up the railways

10.09.19: Jim Knox, director of Gard Chemicals, explains how the company is helping the rail industry ensure they have the best cleaning and maintenance chemical products available to them. Gard Chemicals is a leading manufacturer of a unique and com...

Rail revolution: Azuma rollout underway

Rail revolution: Azuma rollout underway

10.09.19: Following the release of their new Azuma trains on the East Coast Main Line, operator LNER spoke to us about what the new rolling stock will mean for them and their passengers. With the sixth Azuma train having entered service in June, it i...

How 3D Printing is revolutionising modern manufacturing

How 3D Printing is revolutionising modern manufacturing

09.09.19: James Brown, data and performance engineer at Angel Trains, explains how 3D printing technology is making a real difference to the rail industry. The rail industry was forged in the furnace of the first industrial revolution and, as we ente...

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

New fleet on the horizon for Hull Trains

09.09.19: Louise Cheeseman, managing director of Hull Trains, describes how a new fleet of rolling stock looks set to revolutionise the operator and their service. For Hull Trains, 2019 marks what will be our most exciting year since we launched some...

Building a better connected South Yorkshire

Building a better connected South Yorkshire

06.09.19: With the newly announced Sheffield City Region Integrated Rail Plan building on the region's official Transport Strategy this summer, Dan Jarvis, mayor of Sheffield City Region, discusses his exciting plans for transforming the transport system...

Institute to strengthen industry innovation

Institute to strengthen industry innovation

06.09.19: The University of Leeds has announced the creation of an Institute for High Speed Rail and Systems Integration (IHSRSI). The director of the new Institute, Professor Peter Woodward, describes the capabilities of the research and testing faciliti...

Investing in the country’s future workforce

Investing in the country’s future workforce

05.09.19: Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, talks about addressing the skills gap and investing in new talent across the transport sector. With the UK rail and engineering industries facing a critical skills...

Additive Manufacturing within the Rail Industry

Additive Manufacturing within the Rail Industry

05.09.19: Dr Ian J. Coleman, principal engineer, safety, technical and engineering at Network Rail, describes the benefits brought about by additive manufacturing and 3D printing within rail. Network Rail’s Safety, Technical & Engineering (...

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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 Year with brand-new infrastructrure to... 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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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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >