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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...

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...

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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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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 >