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Industry sets out 12 key rail priorities to ‘strengthen case for funding’

Industry sets out 12 key rail priorities to ‘strengthen case for funding’

09.02.17: Rail industry experts have come together to launch the Capability Delivery Plan (CPD), which highlights the current challenges facing the railway in the digital age and outlines 12 whole-system priority areas that need to be improved in the comi...

All aboard the digital train

All aboard the digital train

27.01.17: Kevin Ives, digital transformation director at Arriva UK Trains, talks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the company’s ongoing Digital Train programme, designed to enable continuous connectivity supported by a wealth of analytics and bespo...

New strategy needed to tackle ‘digital deserts’ on rail routes

New strategy needed to tackle ‘digital deserts’ on rail routes

27.01.17: RTM’s David Stevenson looks at the perennial issue of poor mobile coverage on the railways, and how the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) wants the problem to be tackled. Mobile coverage on Britain’s 19,000 miles of railw...

A depot for the future and centre for excellence

A depot for the future and centre for excellence

24.01.17: RTM’s David Stevenson reports from a recent visit to the modernised Hornsey traincare facility. As you cross the footbridge at Hornsey station to go down to the traincare facility, it is impossible not to notice the vastness of the no...

A one-industry call for skills development

A one-industry call for skills development

20.01.17: At the launch of the new Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan in December, key industry figures got together to outline how the major strategy will seek to address rail’s workforce gaps through clear, tangible and deliverable pledges. Luana Sa...

The future of East West Rail

The future of East West Rail

20.01.17: Shortly before the end of last year, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced unprecedented proposals to create a new and independent East West Rail operation tasked with designing, managing and running services between Oxford and Cambridge....

Delivering on route devolution

Delivering on route devolution

17.01.17: At RTM’s recent Northern Powerhouse Rail Conference, Andy Haynes, Network Rail’s contracts and procurement director, explained the infrastructure owner’s decision to establish eight devolved routes, each with a managing directo...

Ilkeston, 50 years on

Ilkeston, 50 years on

18.11.16: The town of Ilkeston is finally getting another rail station after almost 50 years without tracks. Geoff Pickford, service director for highways at Derbyshire County Council, gives an update on the latest developments taking place at the site. ...

Oxford station on track for Marylebone

Oxford station on track for Marylebone

15.11.16: Network Rail’s senior programme manager, Jonathan Davies, and its project manager, Rob Mashford, speak to RTM about the ongoing works in and around Oxford station ahead of Chiltern Railways running services on the new Oxford-Marylebone lin...

Making rail history

Making rail history

15.11.16: An innovative approach to partnership working has helped S&C North Alliance make rail history on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) by delivering the UK’s first 125mph handback on a S&C renewal. Neil Johnson, alliance director, explai...

Are we ready to export rail?

Are we ready to export rail?

07.11.16: RTM’s David Stevenson reflects on the key messages from this year’s Dinner at the Roundhouse. A key message to come out of this year’s Dinner at the Roundhouse was that UK rail needs to be ready to export and broaden its h...

Putting gender diversity to the test

Putting gender diversity to the test

07.11.16: RTM’s Luana Salles reports from this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge, which gathered 30 gender-balanced teams from different rail companies to participate in a series of challenges that proved men and women can, and should, work...

Lighting the way in energy consumption reduction

Lighting the way in energy consumption reduction

07.11.16: RTM’s David Stevenson speaks to Ben Martin, head of asset management at c2c, about the energy-saving programme being rolled out at the operator’s stations. In an effort to significantly reduce energy consumption, National Expres...

Delivering a seamless wireless experience for customers

Delivering a seamless wireless experience for customers

15.09.16: An innovative collaboration to deliver a seamless wireless experience for customers has led to an industry first for Chiltern Railways. Hans Stiles, the operator’s head of IT, explains how. Five years ago, Chiltern Railways became the...

The station of today and of tomorrow

The station of today and of tomorrow

15.09.16: As Cambridge North station finally begins to take shape, RTM speaks to Eliane Algaard, director of route asset management for Anglia at Network Rail, to find out more about the latest developments. For a station that has been plagued with d...

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pages 27-29, and read more details at ukria.com. If... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers will see fairer and simpler fares.  Two recent initiatives should help achieve this.  One initiative was a response to our four-year cam... more > more last word articles >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, ... more >

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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation... more >
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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... more >