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TIER 2 CONFERENCE: A changing culture - Down the supply chain

TIER 2 CONFERENCE: A changing culture - Down the supply chain

01.05.12: Network Rail’s financial and commercial director David McLoughlin took the conference through an overview of the structural changes that have taken place in the last year. The Network Rail Tier 2 conference, held at its Westwood centr...

TIER 2 CONFERENCE: Collaborative engagement - Permeating good pratice

TIER 2 CONFERENCE: Collaborative engagement - Permeating good pratice

01.05.12: Stephen Blakey, Network Rail’s head of cost planning and bid management, informed the Tier 2 supplier conference in Coventry in February of the latest developments in contracts for suppliers. Network Rail is setting new standards in i...

TIER 2 CONFERENCE: Safety - An agenda for cultural change

TIER 2 CONFERENCE: Safety - An agenda for cultural change

01.05.12: Neil Thompson, regional director for the Central area, spoke to the conference about the importance of safety and ensuring it really is endorsed. Despite admitting to spending most of his time talking to tier 1 contractors, Neil Thompson wa...

Trains for tomorrow

Trains for tomorrow

01.05.12: A partnership between a transport authority, train manufacturer and a university has shown what is possible in forward-looking rolling stock design. Adam Hewitt reports on the ‘Green Train’ project. A four-year project to come u...

Underground – but not London

Underground – but not London

01.05.12: RTM talks to Nick Salt, rail director at construction, infrastructure and design business Morgan Sindall about their work to refurbish three central Liverpool stations’ underground areas. Work is beginning on brightening up Central st...

All together now

All together now

01.03.12: Transport ticketing standards bodies across Europe have taken a major step towards the creation of an EU Intelligent Fare Management Alliance. Adam Hewitt reports. Organisations from across the EU came together on February 15 to sign a memo...

Full speed ahead

01.03.12: Drought conditions have disrupted services on parts of the Fen Line in Norfolk. Network Rail’s Sam Kelly tells RTM how this issue is being tackled to bring train services back up to speed. Speed restrictions are gradually being lifted...

Overground Capacity

Overground Capacity

01.03.12: Howard Smith, TfL’s chief operating officer for London Rail, and a member of the RTM editorial board, responds to concerns raised by reader Richard Pout. Richard Pout got in touch with RTM to say: “I shall look forward to the In...

Suck it up

Suck it up

01.03.12: In the last edition of RTM, we looked at one way of dealing with extreme winter conditions on the third rail network – heated rails. But there is another and more direct way to clear snow. Adam Hewitt reports. The world’s larges...

The next dimension in project management

The next dimension in project management

01.03.12: The Reading upgrade project is further proving the use of 4D modelling as a project management tool across multiple disciplines, and showing how augmented reality might soon be used to revolutionise rail engineering and construction. RTM’s...

Welcoming passenger trains back to Waterside

Welcoming passenger trains back to Waterside

01.03.12: Adam Hewitt reports on plans to reintroduce passenger services on a branch line in Hampshire. Proposals to reintroduce passenger services on the branch line in Hampshire between Totton and Hythe have taken another step forward, with Hampshi...

An electric proposal

An electric proposal

01.01.12: Kate Ashley reports on the case for electrification of the Midlands Main Line, and why this upgrade is well over-due. The Midland Main Line (MML) is the only main line to London that has not been electrified, and there are still no current...

Finish on the forth

Finish on the forth

01.01.12: The £130m refurbishment of the Forth bridge is now complete after 10 years of work. The project finished on 9 December 2011 – ahead of schedule – and the bridge is free of scaffolding for the first time in a decade. The w...

Maintaining the IEP fleet

Maintaining the IEP fleet

01.01.12: Hitachi’s proposed rail maintenance depot for Stoke Gifford has met some local opposition, but could create up to 170 permanent jobs in the area. Kate Ashley reports. Hitachi Rail Europe is in the process of planning a new rail mainte...

Melting point

Melting point

01.01.12: Sitting back and hoping for warm winters is not an option: something has to be done to make the railways more resilient to ice and snow. RTM speaks to Network Rail’s Mark Ellerby about the steps it has been taking in south east England. ...

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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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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Allianc... more >

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >