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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. ...

Preparing for electrification

Preparing for electrification

01.01.12: Barry Graham, business development director at Northern Rail, discusses the recently opened rail depot at Allerton in Merseyside. The re-opening of Allerton depot has been in the pipeline for a long time, but when work finally did start, it...

TUV: tasting success with Tube tests

01.11.06: TUV Product Service provides EMC consultancy, Competent Body and accredited testing for New Communications Systems to be installed at 11 stations. Marcus Brain recently told RTM about the company’s work on the London Underground. Unde...

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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 >