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Flyda Mass Transit Systems

28.06.13: Flyda’s trains are designed to operate elevated, at grade and in tunnel, seamlessly transiting from one mode to another. The Flyda technology was patented but is now in the public domain and Flyda Ltd is no longer in business. However Flyd...

The switch to GSM-R

The switch to GSM-R

01.05.13: Network Rail’s FTN/GSM-R project has hit the latest in a series of major milestones, and over the next 18 months most of the rest of the country will become operational. Adam Hewitt reports. On December 31, 2012, the old analogue NRN...

Rebuilding Reading

Rebuilding Reading

01.05.13: More than 2,000 engineers and contractors worked round the clock over Easter on the Reading station upgrade project, and passengers can now use the station’s four new platforms, two new entrances and the spectacular new footbridge. Network...

3+2 seating 'strongly disliked' and a 'spontaneous negative' in focus groups

3+2 seating 'strongly disliked' and a 'spontaneous negative' in focus groups

18.04.13: Anthony Smith, chief executive of Passenger Focus, spoke at ATOC’s ‘Future Train’ event to outline passenger views on positive and negative aspects of current and proposed rolling stock layouts. The rail industry has a big...

Availability, maintainability and reliability - SSR re-signalling

Availability, maintainability and reliability - SSR re-signalling

01.04.13: The new signalling system for London Underground’s sub-surface lines is being tested at the Old Dalby test track in Leicestershire. RTM talks to Bombardier’s project manager Peter Acton. Testing has now begun on the new signall...

Firing up the next generation

Firing up the next generation

01.04.13: RTM attended iRail 2013, and was struck by the enthusiasm of young students in tackling rail challenges. Kate Ashley reports from the event and gets a view on the issue from keynote speaker Peter Dearman, head of energy at Network Rail. The...

From one track to another

From one track to another

01.04.13: Formula 1 engineers are used to developing high-end bespoke components and systems to improve the performance of their team’s drivers. But increasingly, technology developed for the sport is having an impact in the very different fi eld of...

Radical Train

Radical Train

01.04.13: Adam Hewitt reports on a major new competition being run by the Enabling Innovation Team to address the rail industry’s ‘innovation gap’, and hears from Richard Jones of engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash. The rail indus...

Improving Supplier Assurance

Improving Supplier Assurance

01.03.13: Porterbrook has just become the third ROSCO to achieve RISAS (Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme) certification. RTM talks to RSSB’s RISAS scheme manager Brian Evans about the value of RISAS and next steps in assurance. RISAS...

An urban legacy

An urban legacy

28.02.13: Sam Richards, head of urban integration at Crossrail, describes the huge public realm scheme being planned alongside Europe’s biggest rail project. City-wide improvements to the railway network can no longer simply consider what goes...

Capability & capacity

Capability & capacity

28.02.13: Earthworks have started ahead of the Swindon-Kemble redoubling project, with enabling works due to start in March. RTM caught up with Network Rail programme manager Ross Mahoney and scheme sponsor Michelle Scogings. Network Rail’s &p...

Crossrail 2

Crossrail 2

28.02.13: In February 2013, business group London First and Lord Adonis published new proposals and route suggestions for the Chelsea- Hackney line, Crossrail 2, ahead of a DfT decision on the existing safeguarded route later this year. RTM talks to Londo...

Future forecasts

Future forecasts

28.02.13: Richard Brown, chairman of Eurostar and author of the Brown review of franchising, spoke at the DDRF’s annual conference 2013 on the newly published Passenger Rolling Stock Strategy and its implications for the industry. As well as hi...

How open data benefits passengers and the economy

How open data benefits passengers and the economy

10.01.13: RTM talks to head of TfL Online, Phil Young, about the organisation’s open data policy and how it is helping passengers. ORR chair Anna Walker was among the speakers at the Rail Transparency Conference in London in December, where she...

A call to fully engage

A call to fully engage

01.01.13: Annette Gevaert, director, rail and transport at Achilles, explains more about Link-up Engage. In spring 2013 Achilles Link-up, the UK rail industry’s supplier registration and qualifi cation scheme, will make an important transition...

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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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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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >