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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...

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...

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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 >