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Keep cool and carry on

Keep cool and carry on

20.07.17: RTM’s Luana Salles looks at the reasons behind the scorching summer temperatures on the Underground’s rolling stock – and what TfL is doing to change this. Ah, summer in London – a time to have a drink at Covent Gard...

HS2: the catalyst for diversity

HS2: the catalyst for diversity

17.07.17: RTM’s Josh Mines reports on how HS2 Ltd expects its supply chain to remove barriers to inclusion to build capacity and widen access. Efforts to diversify the rail industry are being slowly, if not in some places rather reluctantly, mo...

A win-win procedure for buyers and suppliers

A win-win procedure for buyers and suppliers

17.07.17: David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), argues that a new partnership procurement mechanism might just be the key to developing innovative, transformational and truly sustainable solutions for the sector. RTM&...

Rail Live: Leading the way in railway innovation

Rail Live: Leading the way in railway innovation

07.07.17: RTM’s Josh Mines reports from this year’s instalment of Rail Live, organised by the Rail Alliance. Held in the heart of Warwickshire’s countryside at Long Marston, Rail Live 2017 showcased an enormous range of track, rolli...

Moving towards deep alliances

Moving towards deep alliances

07.07.17: RTM’s Luana Salles reports from one of the Platform sessions at this year’s Railtex, where rail leaders touted the benefits of delivering infrastructure projects via innovative deep alliances. There is no doubt that delivering p...

All set for this year’s ETCR Seminar

All set for this year’s ETCR Seminar

13.06.17: The ‘EU Transport and Railway Affairs’ course, also called the ETCR Seminar, is an annual two-week seminar on EU railway affairs which presents the latest developments within the railway sector on a European level. The first edition...

Risk management for railway engineering

Risk management for railway engineering

22.05.17: RTM talks to Ben Shirley, health and safety risk specialist at the ORR, about the importance of risk management on Great Britain’s railways. Keeping risk ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP) is an essential part of m...

Get ready for cyber safety

Get ready for cyber safety

15.05.17: It’s time the rail industry turns its attention to the importance of cyber security as we move towards increasingly digital systems, Johnny Schute, deputy chief inspector of railways and deputy director of policy, strategy and planning in...

Glasgow: subway station upgrades reach halfway point

Glasgow: subway station upgrades reach halfway point

11.05.17: Charles Hoskins, senior director at the Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT), gives RTM an update on the £300m Glasgow Subway Modernisation programme and the work still to do. At the end of 2016, Glasgow Subway celebrated its 1...

London Bridge: nearing the final phase

London Bridge: nearing the final phase

08.05.17: Mark Somers, project director of the Thameslink Programme, gives RTM’s Josh Mines an update on the work at London Bridge station, including construction completed over the Easter weekend and how the programme is nearing its final stage. ...

iRail 2017: inspiring the rail workers of the future

iRail 2017: inspiring the rail workers of the future

05.05.17: RTM’s Josh Mines reports from this year’s edition of iRail. In mid-March, 12 teams of teenagers from schools around Derbyshire came together for this year’s iRail event, held at Pride Park stadium, the home of Derby County...

Digital Railway: four steps forward

Digital Railway: four steps forward

05.05.17: Shortly before the general election was called, the Digital Railway team announced several major updates to its programme. RTM’s Luana Salles reports. On 13 April, Digital Railway took the rail sector by surprise by revealing a series...

Railway costs through the roof?

Railway costs through the roof?

05.05.17: Lord Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group, gives his thoughts on the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) recent report into modernising Great Western Main Line (GWML) and the escalating costs of the project. The recentl...

The most complex signalling phase in Britain

The most complex signalling phase in Britain

23.03.17: RTM caught up with Richard Scott, programme manager at Network Rail, about the recent successful delivery of the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals (CASR) project, which has been branded the biggest and most complex signalling phase delivered to d...

Bond Street: The importance of clear and consistent stakeholder communication

Bond Street: The importance of clear and consistent stakeholder communication

21.03.17: Chris Pateman, Crossrail’s Bond Street project manager, and Simon Bennett, head of Learning Legacy at Crossrail, discuss the value of strong stakeholder engagement while constructing a station in the heart of Mayfair. When Crossrail&r...

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get them moving in the new Parliament. They ought to... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (TPS) have seen remarkable levels of satisfaction by the six operators we covered in Blackpool, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Manchester, Nottingham and Sheff... more > more last word articles >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastr... more >

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Triple electrification cancellation – a misstep from Grayling?

25/07/2017Triple electrification cancellation – a misstep from Grayling?

Following last week’s comprehensive set of announcements about HS2 and the closure of Parliament for recess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there wouldn’t be any more news about major rail projects on the horizon anytime soon. But having sparked anger after cancelling key sections of three major electrification prog... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >