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Thameslink transformation taking effect at London bridge

Thameslink transformation taking effect at London bridge

12.02.16: Mark Somers, rail systems project director on the Thameslink programme, updates RTM on the latest developments taking place in and around London Bridge station. The London Bridge station redevelopment is a key part of the mammoth £6.5...

LSSE: Network rail entering a new era of station design

LSSE: Network rail entering a new era of station design

10.02.16: Penny Gilg, Network Rail’s project manager on the Leeds Southern Station Entrance (LSSE), discusses how the infrastructure owner is changing its approach to station design. The opening of the new Leeds Southern Station Entrance (LSSE)...

Rail companies heading down wrong track when sourcing supplier financial information

02.02.16: Suzanne O’Keane, community manager in rail and transport at Achilles, asks why rail companies aren’t doing everything to protect themselves from financial risk. It seems not a week goes by when rail companies are not the subject...

Unlocking innovation across the supply chain

Unlocking innovation across the supply chain

01.02.16: Neil Ridley, technical director at the Railway Industry Association, explains how innovation is being fostered across the supply chain. The UK rail sector is seeing greater growth in passenger numbers and freight levels than at any point in...

How smart technology is helping station staff do their jobs better

How smart technology is helping station staff do their jobs better

07.01.16: RTM speaks to LOROL’s customer service director David Wornham and customer service project manager Matthew Bromley about the new devices and software that customer service staff now have at their fingertips. London Overground has grow...

The women behind the Northern Powerhouse

The women behind the Northern Powerhouse

06.01.16: RTM’s Luana Salles talks to the women who are helping make the Northern Powerhouse a reality. The newly coined ‘Northern Powerhouse’ has been all the rage of late – as a concept, a political venture and, admittedly...

Depots must be seen as ‘key strategic assets’

Depots must be seen as ‘key strategic assets’

05.01.16: Christian Roth, engineering director for South West Trains, discusses the importance of investing in depots to deliver increased outputs for a more reliable railway. Delivering a punctual and reliable railway will require depots being seen...

RDG must not use public money for ‘pro-privatisation publicity drives’

RDG must not use public money for ‘pro-privatisation publicity drives’

05.01.16: The Department for Transport (DfT) has insisted that public money is not being used to help private train operators make the case against renationalisation via the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). In response to Labour fears that the cross-indust...

Revolutionising track fault recording

Revolutionising track fault recording

01.01.16: Mark Swift, technical design director at Infrastructure Measurement Solutions Ltd, describes how a new innovation could lead to a revolution in monitoring changes in rail vehicle performance and identifying track faults.  Around 60% of...

Significant civil engineering at Farnworth tunnel nears completion

Significant civil engineering at Farnworth tunnel nears completion

28.12.15: Nick Spall, Network Rail’s route delivery director for LNW (N), discusses the developments at Farnworth Tunnel and the lessons learned for the rest of CP5 and beyond. As RTM went to press, Network Rail was on the cusp of completing &l...

Soil mechanics

Soil mechanics

23.12.15: Sorting out the Harbury Cutting once and for all has been a mammoth task, interrupted by a severe landslip in early 2015 that forced a line closure. But with the work now all but finished, RTM caught up with Network Rail’s route asset mana...

Crossrail tunnel fit-out on track

Crossrail tunnel fit-out on track

21.12.15: Gregg Purcell, Crossrail’s railway systems construction manager, discusses the early learning from the complex task of fitting out the new £14.8bn railway’s tunnels. Back in June 2015 the Crossrail team reached a major mil...

Fast-tracking at Norton Bridge

Fast-tracking at Norton Bridge

18.12.15: Greg Salisbury, senior project manager for track and OLE on the Staffordshire Alliance, talks to RTM about the project’s new track-laying record. Work on the £250m Stafford Area Improvements Programme (SAIP) is entering its fina...

Network Rail to accelerate diversity drive in recruitment

Network Rail to accelerate diversity drive in recruitment

08.12.15: Q&A with Alasdair Waddell, resourcing attraction manager at Network Rail, who answers RTM’s questions on the company’s recruitment priorities for 2016, in light of the Hendy Review. Q) The Hendy Review says it is critical th...

Marrying the old and new at Manchester Victoria

Marrying the old and new at Manchester Victoria

01.11.15: RTM’s David Stevenson reports from the official opening of Manchester Victoria’s refurbished station. When RTM rolled in to Manchester Victoria station on Tuesday 6 October, one could almost be forgiven for thinking nothing had...

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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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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), ... more >

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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >