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Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

17.09.18: Freelance transport journalist Lesley Brown looks towards railway-specific, bearer independent communication.  Today, GSM-R is a well-established technology for carrying voice and data for operations across most railway netwo...

The benefits of aluminium honeycomb to the rail industry

The benefits of aluminium honeycomb to the rail industry

03.09.18: Gillian Haverson, senior marketing executive at Corex Honeycomb, explains how the company’s innovative aluminium honeycomb material is supporting several large-scale rail projects in the UK. Corex Honeycomb has been a trusted manufact...

Network Rail has yet to give an end date for Cardiff electrification

Network Rail has yet to give an end date for Cardiff electrification

13.07.18: Article by Callum Wood of Rail Technology Magazine Network Rail cannot give a precise date for when work on the electrification of the south Wales mainline will be completed The £2.8bn  project was announced by Prime Minster...

Tracking the contribution of logistics to sustainability

Tracking the contribution of logistics to sustainability

26.06.18: Andreas Johansson, vice president of the engineering & manufacturing sector at DHL, and Manoella Wilbaut, the company’s head of global commercial developments & sustainability, explore ways in which the rail industry can achieve ec...

How two-way radio can boost worker safety

How two-way radio can boost worker safety

22.05.18: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE James Miller, managing director of Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as high-risk as rail. By its ve...

UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

05.04.18: Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to summarise our experience and subsequent thoughts following the UK...

A game changer for Midland Metro

A game changer for Midland Metro

08.12.17: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro network. The expansion of the Midland Metro tram network continues to gather pace, with a flur...

Testing tomorrow's technology today

Testing tomorrow's technology today

09.11.17: David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major testing benefits the company’s new training academy will bring to the rail industry. In...

What next for safety?

What next for safety?

09.11.17: As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee Jones, explains how embracing tech, smart data and human science could help the infrastructure pr...

Collaboration is the secret to success

Collaboration is the secret to success

17.10.17: Advertisement Feature: Collaboration is the best way to deliver better infrastructure asset development and management, says Paul Tweedale, managing director of TenBroeke Company Ltd. Major infrastructure projects seem to become more com...

Trains, tuxedos, TransCityRail: A day (and night) of celebrations

Trains, tuxedos, TransCityRail: A day (and night) of celebrations

06.10.17: Last night, TransCityRail (TCR) North hosted its fourth instalment at Manchester’s Principal Hotel, bringing together over a thousand key members of the industry – from the high-profile chief executives and managing directors to the...

Alliancing: a step change in performance

Alliancing: a step change in performance

26.09.17: Alan Cox, director of pre-construction at BAM Nuttall, talks to RTM about a joined-up industry approach to create the right platform for efficiency and innovation. Britain’s railways continue to flourish. Rail passenger journeys have...

Investing in rail in the north

Investing in rail in the north

22.09.17: Rob Morris, director of operation at Siemens Rail Automation UK, runs through his organisation’s impressive track record across the north. With the Northern Powerhouse and Transport for the North programmes both firmly established as...

Flexible skills for a changing industry

Flexible skills for a changing industry

18.09.17: Beth Curtis, head of partnerships and communications at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), tells RTM’s Luana Salles that the new training centres will focus on developing a workforce capable of adapting to ever-changing indu...

Keeping an eye on cable theft

Keeping an eye on cable theft

14.09.17: RTM’s David Stevenson reflects on recent cable theft figures from Network Rail. I remember one of the early features I wrote for RTM was in the 2014 Aug/Sept edition entitled ‘Curbing cable theft on the railway’, and while...

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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 >

interviews

Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s mo... more >

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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >