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New government is committed to rail freight

New government is committed to rail freight

01.07.15: Clare Moriarty, director general of the Rail Executive at the Department for Transport, discusses the role that freight can play in supporting economic growth in CP5. The new Conservative-led government says its priority for this next Parli...

Start of a long 'psychological evolution' in EU railway interoperability

Start of a long 'psychological evolution' in EU railway interoperability

01.07.15: Richard Lockett, head of the cross acceptance unit at the European Railway Agency, discusses the challenge of interoperability. The fourth railway package is a set of aims to remove the remaining barriers to the creation of a single Europea...

Leeds southern station entrance delivery update

Leeds southern station entrance delivery update

01.07.15: During our site visit to Leeds station, Dave Carlyle, Carillion project manager, Penny Gilg, Network Rail scheme project manager, and Alex McDermott, Network Rail project engineer civils, gave RTM an update on the complex Leeds Southern Station...

An active Pantograph in action

An active Pantograph in action

01.07.15: Adam Hewitt reports on a demonstration of a new monitoring system to ensure reliable contact between pantographs and overhead lines. The 2014 winner of the Innovation Award from the Railway Industry Association and FutureRailway was Breckne...

Right on time

Right on time

01.07.15: Heidi Lee, communications manager at the UK’s fastest-growing rolling stock consultancy, ESG Rail, outlines a new contract with Stagecoach. ESG Rail is delighted to announce that it has been awarded a contract by the Stagecoach Group...

Inspiring the next generation at iRail 2015

Inspiring the next generation at iRail 2015

17.06.15: Adam Hewitt reports from an event showcasing what the rail industry has to offer to potential engineers of the future. Nearly 100 school and college students visited the Derby Roundhouse for the sixth annual iRail event in June, learning mo...

Current IM fleet data collection service 'unsustainable'

Current IM fleet data collection service 'unsustainable'

15.06.15: David Goddard, head of Data Collection Service Enhancement at Network Rail, discusses the challenge of optimising infrastructure data measurement going forward. Network Rail is starting to consider the feasibility of moving equipment from i...

Rail supply group's call to arms at Railtex

Rail supply group's call to arms at Railtex

10.06.15: Terence Watson, co-chair of the Rail Supply Group, talks about the development of an industrial strategy for rail, and two programmes for suppliers are launched at Railtex. David Stevenson reports. If the domestic supply industry fails to r...

Railtex 2015

Railtex 2015

10.06.15: Adam Hewitt, David Stevenson and Sam McCaffrey look back at the rail event of the year. More than 10,000 people helped make this year’s Railtex at the Birmingham NEC a massive success, including 2,700 exhibitors from 468 companies, an...

Achieving the ‘unthinkable dream’: lessons from the Northern Line upgrade

Achieving the ‘unthinkable dream’: lessons from the Northern Line upgrade

01.05.15: The resignalling of the Northern Line has won many plaudits in recent months, after its successful completion a year ago – ahead of time, under budget and with performance outputs better than expected. In this interview with some of the ke...

Start of a new era in rail training

Start of a new era in rail training

01.05.15: The north east’s first Rail Academy dedicated to rail engineering has now been officially opened. David Stevenson reports. The doors have officially opened at Newcastle College’s new £5m Rail Academy in Gateshead, which wi...

Turn-up-and-go

Turn-up-and-go

01.05.15: A year ago, London Overground became the first operator to offer a full ‘turn-up-and-go’ service for disabled passengers. RTM spoke to LOROL stakeholder and engagement manager Sam Russell. London Overground is a high-density met...

Bombardier enters key analysis phase of IPEMU

01.05.15: Marc Phillips, head of engineering projects at Bombardier Transportation, discusses the latest phase of the IPEMU battery-powered train project and what this could mean for the future. In the February/March edition of RTM, we reported that...

Eight class 700s completed as three bridges depot prepares for testing and training

Eight class 700s completed as three bridges depot prepares for testing and training

01.05.15: Siemens is steaming ahead with production of its new trains for Thameslink, Adam Hewitt reports. Siemens has completed work on seven of its full-length Desiro City trains (12-car) for Thameslink and one reduced-length (eight-car), while mor...

Opening of NUCKLE stations pushed back until June

Opening of NUCKLE stations pushed back until June

01.05.15: Ian Walters, managing director of SLC Rail, discusses the latest developments on the NUCKLE project and why the initial station work won’t be complete for the May timetable change. David Stevenson reports. Work on the long-awaited Cov...

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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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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has bee... more >

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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >