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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...

Network Rail’s planning and delivering safe work programme – national roll-out slips to mid-2016

Network Rail’s planning and delivering safe work programme – national roll-out slips to mid-2016

01.11.15: Justin Page, programme director at Network Rail, discusses the lessons learned from the Planning and Delivering Safe Work programme go-live in the East Midlands and what this means for the overall project. The national roll-out of the Plann...

Freight derailments: a complex and cross-industry system risk

Freight derailments: a complex and cross-industry system risk

01.11.15: David Stevenson talks to the organisations responsible for managing the UK’s freight derailment risk, to find out what is being done. He spoke to the ORR’s chief inspector, Ian Prosser, and deputy chief inspector, David Keay; acting...

Allerton depot upgrade: an important enabler of North West electrification

Allerton depot upgrade: an important enabler of North West electrification

01.11.15: The £23m refurbishment project to electrify Allerton Depot will play a key part in supporting the North West Electrification Programme and the introduction of Northern Rail’s Class 319 electric trains. RTM’s David Stevenson rep...

Strengthening the Haymarket tunnels

Strengthening the Haymarket tunnels

01.11.15: Angus MacGregor and David Gibson of BAM Ritchies give details of a project to strengthen two Network Rail tunnels in Edinburgh. The Haymarket, a £200m joint venture development in Edinburgh between Interserve and Tiger Developments, i...

Never underestimate the assurance process

Never underestimate the assurance process

01.11.15: Chris Wilson, project engineering manager for Great Western Route Modernisation at Network Rail, discusses the complexities of parallel systems development and delivery. Engineers have been told to never underestimate the time it takes to g...

Revolutionising railway maintenance

Revolutionising railway maintenance

01.11.15: Craig Mathys, programme manager at Network Rail, talks to RTM about the introduction of the company’s new fleet of Mobile Maintenance Trains, which have been described as ‘workshops on wheels’. David Stevenson reports. Net...

Understanding electrification risk and complexity

Understanding electrification risk and complexity

01.11.15: RTM attended The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Railway Electrification seminar to understand the complexity and the requirements for the design of a safe electrified railway. David Stevenson reports. The Institution of E...

Classic-compatible services will also boost economic growth

Classic-compatible services will also boost economic growth

01.11.15: Duncan Sutherland, non-executive director at HS2 Ltd, speaks to RTM about the progress being made with HS2 and the impact on Scotland, Liverpool and other places where there are no current plans to build physical high-speed infrastructure. ...

Industry comes together at Derby

Industry comes together at Derby

01.11.15: Adam Hewitt reports from a great evening in Derby celebrating everything the rail industry has to offer. The sixth Dinner at the Roundhouse was supported once again by RTM, bringing together industry professionals not just from the east Mid...

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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 >