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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...

Pageantry, excitement and a host of VIPs as Hitachi opens its new train factory

Pageantry, excitement and a host of VIPs as Hitachi opens its new train factory

30.09.15: RTM’s Luana Salles reports from the formal opening of Hitachi’s £82m new rail manufacturing facility in County Durham. The ceremony was exactly what you would expect from a company of the likes and size of Hitachi: aestheticall...

The centre of excellence for the East Coast Main Line IEP fleet

The centre of excellence for the East Coast Main Line IEP fleet

07.09.15: RTM’s Adam Hewitt took a trip to Doncaster to see the depot that is under construction for Hitachi Rail Europe’s Class 800s and 801s. He was shown around by Neil Lindley, contracts director at VolkerFitzpatrick, and Ross Cunningham...

Full steam ahead for Fillie at Farnworth

Full steam ahead for Fillie at Farnworth

13.08.15: RTM’s David Stevenson reports from a recent site visit to Farnworth Tunnel where Nick Spall, LNW route delivery director for Network Rail, discussed how a major block of work is helping to deliver further electrification in the north west....

Digital future for Southeastern

Digital future for Southeastern

01.08.15: RTM talks to Southeastern’s director of engineering Mark Johnson about a new graduate scheme aimed at students from an IT rather than traditional engineering background. Southeastern has launched a new scheme to take on bright IT gra...

Mind the gap: a look into the new National Training Academy for Rail

Mind the gap: a look into the new National Training Academy for Rail

01.08.15: RTM’s Luana Salles was impressed with what she saw at NTAR, the new National Training Academy for Rail in Northampton. She met Simon Rennie, general manager of NTAR The rail industry is in a skills crisis: much of its workforce is nea...

Connecting Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line

Connecting Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line

01.08.15: Track is now completely laid from Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line, with the final connection of the two lines expected in September. Andy Milne, senior programme manager at Network Rail, talks to RTM about this major milestone. Two...

Laying the way at Winchburgh

Laying the way at Winchburgh

01.08.15: Neil Barnes (pictured), rail director at Morgan Sindall, explains how upgrading the railway through Winchburgh Tunnel during a 44-day blockade will play a vital role in the electrification of the main Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street line. Ov...

Comfort, cost and fuel-saving – the case for the D-Train

Comfort, cost and fuel-saving – the case for the D-Train

01.08.15: RTM’s Luana Salles visited Vivarail to see its converted D-Trains and came away impressed. Seeing a converted DMU D-Train parked side-by-side to the original D78 District Line car proved what Vivarail has been telling us ever since it...

Traffic management for the Thameslink core

Traffic management for the Thameslink core

01.08.15: RTM’s Adam Hewitt spoke to the people responsible for delivering traffic management for Thameslink: Hitachi Rail Europe managing director Karen Boswell, Tim Gray from Hitachi-owned TRE, and Network Rail’s Martin Chatfield and Gary Po...

More than 30,000 new Sentinel users in the next few years

More than 30,000 new Sentinel users in the next few years

01.08.15: With the Sentinel scheme about to enter a new phase, RTM looks back at its success up to now with Network Rail programme manager for the scheme, Andrew Bilous. Every month, 1,000 people get denied access to the live railway infrastructure t...

Government reiterates support for uk light rail sector

Government reiterates support for uk light rail sector

01.07.15: RTM’s David Stevenson attended the 10th UK Light Rail Conference in Nottingham and reports on some of the biggest issues raised at the event. The recent UK Light Rail Conference has been labelled a resounding success, as the governmen...

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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 >