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Fit for the future

Fit for the future

01.05.14: First Capital Connect’s fleet of Class 365s is undergoing an extensive refresh and engineering overhaul at Bombardier’s Ilford depot. RTM spoke to the train operator’s engineering director Robin Kay and project manager David Payn...

Inspiring the next generation of railway engineers

Inspiring the next generation of railway engineers

14.03.14: UKRITT’s education and engagement programme for young people, Gen Y Rail, began its series of regional competitions in the North East. Kate Ashley reports. For a long time the rail industry has been talking about the need to get more...

On board the  Class 700

On board the Class 700

14.03.14: Adam Hewitt reports on the new rolling stock for Thameslink, including an interview with First Capital Connect managing director David Statham and Thameslink programme director Jonathan Bridgewood. A full-scale mock-up of the new Thameslink r...

Online on the platform

Online on the platform

14.03.14: Free wi-fi has been a perk confined mostly to first class passengers up until now. But in Scotland, thanks to some government funding, passengers on board trains and at stations are getting online without paying a penny. RTM heard from ScotRail&...

Renewals record smashed on the Metropolitan Line

Renewals record smashed on the Metropolitan Line

14.03.14: Steve Naybour, business improvement manager for Track Partnership, a strategic alliance between London Underground and Balfour Beatty Rail, discusses recent Metropolitan Line work. Track Partnership recently carried out the biggest ever 52-ho...

The Culture Line

The Culture Line

14.03.14: Christina Andersen, art programme director at Crossrail, talks to RTM about the new ‘Culture Line’ being developed throughout London’s new stations. Crossrail is already well-known for its emphasis on the local neighbourhood...

What can our  railways learn from airport security?

What can our railways learn from airport security?

14.03.14: Daniel Wan of Honeywell Security Group discusses the security lessons that railway stations can learn from airports. Recent statistics from the Home Office revealed that between January 2012 and June 2013, four of the top 10 UK crime hot spot...

A whole railway approach

A whole railway approach

16.01.14: Speaking to delegates at the Future of Rail conference, South West Trains chief executive Tim Shovellerdiscussed the 18-month-old ‘deep alliance’ with Network Rail. New working arrangements are gaining popularity as the industry see...

Better, safer delivery: Network Rail procurement in Control Period 5

Better, safer delivery: Network Rail procurement in Control Period 5

16.01.14: Control Period 5 starts in April, by which time Network Rail Infrastructure Projects will already have contracted out 65% of the work for the entire five year period. RTM heard from its managing director Simon Kirby and finance & commercial di...

Fixing the link

Fixing the link

16.01.14: Stephen Joseph, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, spoke to RTM about Dutch research into the links between stations and town centres – and its possible application here. Routes between railway stations and town centres...

Gearing up for HS2

Gearing up for HS2

16.01.14: RTM reports from the HS2 Supply Chain Conference in Birmingham, where we interviewed transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP and HS2 technical director Professor Andrew McNaughton. The conference also heard details from HS2 commercial direc...

Punctuality matters: raising the bar for CP5

Punctuality matters: raising the bar for CP5

16.01.14: ORR chief executive Richard Price argues that the final determination for Network Rail is ‘stretching but achievable’. Network Rail has been charged with delivering infrastructure maintenance and improvements to stop regular disrupt...

Rail and the digital revolution

Rail and the digital revolution

16.01.14: New technology offers ways for businesses to get closer than ever before to their customers, providing information and support when they need it and promoting products and services in an instant, easily accessible way. O2 Telefonica’s man...

The Future  of Rail

The Future of Rail

16.01.14: The Future of Rail conference, run by Marketforce and the Institute of Economic Affairs (IEA), brought together rail professionals for informative presentations, networking opportunities and the chance to discuss these issues. Kate Ashley re...

Ardwick depot powers up

Ardwick depot powers up

31.10.13: FTPE managing director Nick Donovan and Siemens’ Steve Scrimshaw celebrate the upgrade at their Manchester depot. The extended and upgraded Ardwick depot got its official opening at a ceremony on September 27. The Siemens train mainten...

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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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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio ... more >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >