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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...

Piecing it all together at custom house

Piecing it all together at custom house

01.05.15: Crossrail’s only Central Section surface station has had its superstructure made 130 miles away and delivered in pre-cast pieces for installation. That part of the build has just finished, explains project manager Mujahid Khalid. The...

The new-look Euston – for now

The new-look Euston – for now

01.05.15: Adam Hewitt reports on the renovation of Euston station, and the longer-term future under HS2’s plans. The lay-out, interior and mix of shops and restaurants at Euston are being overhauled under a £12.5m renovation. New food and...

All aboard for Railtex 2015

All aboard for Railtex 2015

01.05.15: The twelfth edition of the UK’s premier rail event is opening its doors at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham from 12-14 May 2015, with leading figures from the industry offering informed insights into future rail policies and tr...

Delays for Cardiff resignalling despite major ‘de-risk’

Delays for Cardiff resignalling despite major ‘de-risk’

01.05.15: Christian Irwin, the senior project manager for the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal scheme, talks about how the programme has been ‘de-risked’ during a major restructure. David Stevenson reports. Originally due for completion th...

Extensive ground decontamination delays Bromsgrove station relocation

Extensive ground decontamination delays Bromsgrove station relocation

01.05.15: The Barnt Green to Bromsgrove electrification project is part of a £100m investment in the railway in north Worcestershire. Richard Dugdale, the project’s sponsor, and Subeagh Singh, scheme project manager, discuss its complexities....

UK ambitions for Eurotunnel's rail training centre

UK ambitions for Eurotunnel's rail training centre

01.05.15: Bernard Lemière, director general at Eurotunnel Group’s Opal Coast International Rail Training Centre, discusses the centre’s development and his hopes to grow the business in the UK. Eurotunnel Group’s Opal Coast I...

FGW outlines future fleet improvement plans

FGW outlines future fleet improvement plans

01.05.15: A new fleet of 29 bi-mode trains on the key intercity route to the south west and 58 four-car electric trains for Thames Valley services will be introduced on the Great Western network. David Stevenson reports. Over the next four years a ra...

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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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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), ... more >

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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >