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The station over the Thames

The station over the Thames

01.07.12: With all the major civil engineering work now done, the team behind the complex Blackfriars rebuild can give themselves a huge pat on the back. The project’s leaders, including Network Rail’s project manager for Blackfriars Rob Lines...

Wales' electrification priorities

Wales' electrification priorities

01.07.12: Frances Duffy, director of transport for the Welsh Assembly Government and a former director of rail for Transport Scotland, spoke at the recent ‘Devolving Rail to the Regions’ event in Manchester about the importance of electrificat...

Wi-fi is the way forward

Wi-fi is the way forward

01.07.12: As London Underground launches a summer of free wi-fi, Cor van der Coop, business consultant of IT operations at NS (Dutch Railways), the state-owned railway operator in the Netherlands, speaks to RTM about an ambitious onboard internet project....

4,500 visitors at Infrarail 2012

4,500 visitors at Infrarail 2012

01.06.12: Adam Hewitt reports from Infrarail 2012, which had over 4,500 visitors from 36 different countries, as well as 212 exhibitors. Infrarail 2012 pulled in visitors from across the UK and around the world, eager to see the latest innovations in...

Network Rail becoming a 'group of companies'

Network Rail becoming a 'group of companies'

01.06.12: Simon Kirby, director of Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail, updated the Infrarail 2012 conference on the ongoing work to set up his unit as a completely separate company, competing with the private sector for Network Rail’s work. ...

Re-building Blackfriars

Re-building Blackfriars

21.05.12: Blackfriars Communications Manager David Wilson talks RTM through the developments that have so far taken place at the station and the work still to be done. The countdown to completion for Blackfriars began in December last year when the f...

'A radically different approach'

'A radically different approach'

01.05.12: NSARE, the National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering, is at a crucial stage: it is in the middle of the first wave of inspecting the industry’s training providers, it is developing a new National Competency Database of every engineer...

Bright ideas

Bright ideas

01.05.12: Hitachi and the Royal College of Art Vehicle Design programme are working closely together on a new rolling stock R&D project. Adam Hewitt reports. Hitachi Rail Europe, whose first rolling stock contract in Europe was for the fleet of 2...

Crossrail - getting ready for the railway

Crossrail - getting ready for the railway

01.05.12: Tunnelling is only just starting, but Crossrail is already looking ahead to the hand-over of works from the civils contractors to the installation of track and the tunnel fit-out railway systems works. Adam Hewitt spoke to Siv Bhamra, Systemwide...

Cycle hire arrives at Piccadilly

Cycle hire arrives at Piccadilly

01.05.12: Commuters and travellers arriving in Manchester can now hire folding bikes directly outside Piccadilly station. Transport minister Norman Baker – a big proponent of cycling – has given influential backing to a new cycle hire sch...

Go-ahead for London Bridge

Go-ahead for London Bridge

01.05.12: London Bridge has just received planning approval, marking the next stage of the Thameslink programme. Kate Ashley reports. The proposals to overhaul London Bridge station as part of the Thameslink programme have won formal planning consent...

iRail 2012

iRail 2012

01.05.12: The Derby Roundhouse set the stage for inspiration once more, as students took on the iRail challenge. Kate Ashley reports. The third annual iRail event took place in Derby on March 15, 2012, where teams of school children and college stude...

New-look Class 170s

New-look Class 170s

01.05.12: ScotRail has been undertaking a comprehensive refurbishment and relivery project across much of its fleet, and the latest to benefit are 33 of the Class 170s. Adam Hewitt reports. The first batch of the 33 ScotRail Class 170 Turbostars to b...

The new king of stations

The new king of stations

01.05.12: The new King’s Cross western concourse has been years in the making, but opened to universal acclaim in March at the way it marries the old and new, helps passengers get around, and of course for the stunning latticed columns and roof. Ada...

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...

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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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NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's not your average interview. Anna-Jane Hunter, Network Rail’s director, North of England rai... 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 >