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Delivering a seamless wireless experience for customers

Delivering a seamless wireless experience for customers

15.09.16: An innovative collaboration to deliver a seamless wireless experience for customers has led to an industry first for Chiltern Railways. Hans Stiles, the operator’s head of IT, explains how. Five years ago, Chiltern Railways became the...

The station of today and of tomorrow

The station of today and of tomorrow

15.09.16: As Cambridge North station finally begins to take shape, RTM speaks to Eliane Algaard, director of route asset management for Anglia at Network Rail, to find out more about the latest developments. For a station that has been plagued with d...

RSSB unveils trailblazing closed loop 'dynamic' pantograph

RSSB unveils trailblazing closed loop 'dynamic' pantograph

13.09.16: The cutting-edge pantograph developed by Somerset-based company Brecknell Willis, in conjunction with the RSSB, was unveiled at an industry event last week. The closed loop pantograph, which benefitted from a £300,000 innovation grant...

New Tube for London: learning from past mistakes

New Tube for London: learning from past mistakes

05.09.16: Transport for London (TfL) has committed to learn from the mistakes made in the Four Lines Modernisation Automatic Control (4LM ATC) programme in order to improve its signalling procurement for New Tube for London – but major issues have a...

Taking back flood control

Taking back flood control

05.09.16: Network Rail’s commercial scheme sponsor, Joanna Grew, talks to RTM about the recent flood alleviation works carried out at Hinksey. Over the last 14 years, flooding on the Didcot to Oxford railway line between Hinksey has led to 11 c...

Crossrail:  Setting the bar high for commuter travel

Crossrail: Setting the bar high for commuter travel

05.09.16: During a site visit to Bombardier’s testing facility to see the Crossrail train first-hand, RTM caught up with Mark Wild, London Underground’s managing director, to find out more about the project’s development. Luana Salles re...

Gearing up for Severn Tunnel electrification

Gearing up for Severn Tunnel electrification

31.08.16: Brian Paynter, head of programme, planning and integration IP Track, Plain Line at Network Rail, and Daniel De Luca, project manager at the infrastructure owner, discuss the challenges in the enabling work ahead of a significant closure of the S...

Unleashing the potential of the Class 800s

Unleashing the potential of the Class 800s

31.08.16: Andy Rogers, projects director at Hitachi Rail Europe, talks to RTM’s David Stevenson after two of the company’s Class 800 InterCity Express Trains made test runs on the recently electrified Reading to Didcot section of the GWML. ...

A fresh look for VTEC

A fresh look for VTEC

31.08.16: John Doughty, engineering director for Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), talks to RTM about the progress that has been made on refreshing the operator’s 45-strong fleet. As RTM went to press, VTEC had reached the halfway point of its &...

Advanced Composites Materials  Taking the Heat in Rail Applications

Advanced Composites Materials Taking the Heat in Rail Applications

30.08.16: Alex Filsell from Scott Bader Company Limited explains how the firm’s advanced composites materials are being widely used in the rail industry. Scott Bader is a multi-national specialty chemicals group with annual sales of $287m, empl...

Plain sailing for the Northern Line extension?

Plain sailing for the Northern Line extension?

01.07.16: RTM’s Luana Salles runs through the latest updates of TfL’s Northern Line extension, intended to regenerate the local area and improve transport links in the capital. Despite anxieties in late May that design changes to the Nort...

Focus: No mandate to privatise

Focus: No mandate to privatise

01.07.16: John Helm, a journalist, author of the rail blog 21stcentury-rail.com, and one of RTM’s digital columnists, looks at the thorny issue of network Rail asset sell-offs. The government knows that full-blooded privatisation of Network Rai...

Paving the way for a modern Glasgow Queen Street

Paving the way for a modern Glasgow Queen Street

24.06.16: Ahead of the major redevelopment of Glasgow Queen Street station next year, Rodger Querns, programme director for the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP), runs through the ongoing preparation works taking place at the tunnel and throa...

TravelSpirit and making Mobility as a Service a reality

TravelSpirit and making Mobility as a Service a reality

24.06.16: Alex Burrows, CEO of TravelSpirit, discusses the work to make the concept of Mobility as a Service a reality. Over the past year a significant proportion of the transport sector across the world has become aware of the concept of Mobility a...

Class 700: the future of commuting in the capital

Class 700: the future of commuting in the capital

21.06.16: How can we meet the need for more trains with greater capacity while also ensuring a better experience for commuters? That’s the question Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) seeks to answer with its new Class 700 Desiro City train. RTM’s...

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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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... 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 >
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 >
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 >