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The track 'factory' on rails

The track 'factory' on rails

01.01.13: In the October/November edition of RTM, we spoke to Network Rail’s head of track delivery Steve Featherstone about the benefits its High Output Plant is bringing. Soon after that article went to press, RTM’s Adam Hewitt joined the te...

A gateway to Leicester

A gateway to Leicester

01.11.12: The new-look Leicester Station got its official opening on October 1. RTM hears about the improvements from route enhancements manager Spencer Gibbens. Leicester station is a much nicer environment for passengers after an intensive £6...

A new approach to renewals

A new approach to renewals

01.11.12: Steve Featherstone, director of track infrastructure projects at Network Rail, describes the new track relaying system which is making the most of short possession times. Tighter access windows for maintenance work on the railway and higher...

A new-look Class 156 fleet

A new-look Class 156 fleet

01.11.12: RTM talks to Greater Anglia fleet manager Steve Mitchell about the upcoming £3m upgrade to its Class 156 fleet as part of its C6 overhaul. Greater Anglia, the Abellio-owned TOC which took over the franchise to run services across East...

Dinner at the Roundhouse

Dinner at the Roundhouse

01.11.12: RTM reports from Dinner at the Roundhouse 2012, with keynote speeches from Anna Walker, chair of the ORR, who spoke of the need for the railways to ‘move forward positively’ after the West Coast franchising debacle, and Prof Richard...

EGIP: ‘A shadow of its former self’?

EGIP: ‘A shadow of its former self’?

01.11.12: Amy Hirst reports on the recent Holyrood debate on EGIP – and whether the lost £350m constitutes cuts or savings. In July, the revised Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP) was announced – with £350m funding...

Green or growth – can we have both?

Green or growth – can we have both?

01.11.12: Can the introduction of new transport infrastructure be achieved in a sustainable way? Or is there a trade-off between ‘green’ and ‘growth’? Kate Ashley reports from the Labour conference fringe. Sustainable tra...

Identifying earthworks risk

Identifying earthworks risk

01.11.12: Julian Harms, route asset manager and geotechnical engineer for Network Rail on earthworks, discusses recent severe weather and the industry’s response. Following a season of rain and storms, it is ever more important that Networ...

Looking good

Looking good

01.11.12: Niall Gray reports on the upcoming refurbishment of South West Trains’ Class 455 fleet and Stagecoach’s decision to invest £3.2m in a state-of-the-art paint shop at its Bournemouth traincare depot. In a £23m project...

Making the case for light rail

Making the case for light rail

01.11.12: A fringe event was held by the All Party Parliamentary Group on Light Rail at all three party conferences. RTM reports from the event held at Manchester Town Hall during the Labour conference, which heard from Centro and UK Tram chair Geoff Insk...

Rail Innovation 2012

Rail Innovation 2012

01.11.12: The Rail Innovations 2012 conference highlighted exciting new opportunities in research and development; Kate Ashley reports. Innovation is vital to improvement across the rail industry, yet risk can hold back investment for such research. ...

The next generation

The next generation

01.11.12: One particularly well-received part of NSARE’s Training Matters conference involved three of Network Rail’s year 3 track apprentices, who came to Derby to speak after having been impressed with NSARE at the launch at Farringdon stati...

The Saltire card

The Saltire card

01.11.12: The Scottish Government is introducing a country-wide travel smartcard to improve access across all different modes of transport. Kate Ashley reports. In October, the Scottish Government announced plans for the Saltire Card – a smartc...

Traffic management

Traffic management

01.11.12: RTM speaks to Hitachi Rail Europe about the concept behind its prototype traffic management system being developed for Network Rail, and its bid leader Emilio Diez tells us how it could integrate with both modern and legacy signalling systems. ...

£100m investment for Nottingham rail network

£100m investment for Nottingham rail network

01.09.12: Kate Ashley reports on the upcoming changes to Nottingham’s rail infrastructure. Network Rail is embarking on a £100m renovation and refurbishment of the tracks, signals and station in Nottingham. The plan is to re-lay six...

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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 >