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TfL hands Cubic a new £660m Oyster contract

30.07.14: Transport for London is to continue its long-running partnership with Cubic, having selected the fares and ticketing giant for its Electra contact, worth £660m over 10 years. The contract covers the maintenance and availability of tic... more >

Torrent Trackside buys Balfour Beatty’s rail plant hire business

30.07.14: Balfour Beatty Rail has sold its trackside plant and equipment rail business to Vp plc, which owns Torrent Trackside, for £5.5m. Jeremy Pilkington, chairman of Vp plc, said: “This transaction further strengths our business relat... more >

Connaught Tunnel refurbishment works complete

29.07.14: Crossrail has completed work to refurbish a disused tunnel in Docklands. The 550m-long Connaught Tunnel, under the Royal Docks next to ExCeL London, has not been in passenger use since December 2006, but has now been deepened, strengthened... more >

Lack of contactless payment on National Rail in London ‘will cause confusion’

28.07.14: London’s passenger watchdog says the inconsistent rolling-out of contactless payment – which is being extended to the Tube, DLR and Overground, but not yet to National Rail services in London that participate in Oyster Pay As You Go... more >

Siemens starts UK component production for Thameslink trains

25.07.14: Production of high-tech electrical components and assemblies for the new fleet of Thameslink Class 700 trains is underway at the Siemens factory in Hebburn. The first components to be manufactured at the South Tyneside facility will be cabl... more >

Balfour Beatty and Carillion confirm merger talks

25.07.14: Balfour Beatty and Carillion have confirmed that the two construction giants are engaged in ‘preliminary discussions’ with regards to a possible merger. Although the companies would not confirm how much the merger is likely to c... more >

HS2 to boost Scottish economy by £3bn

25.07.14: Scotland could receive a £3bn economic boost through HS2, by bringing it closer to England’s main cities, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin is to say. Speaking to business leaders in Glasgow today, the minister will explain... more >

Crossrail a ‘textbook example of getting it right’ – MPs

24.07.14: MPs have lauded the £15bn Crossrail project as a ‘textbook example’ of how to get things right on major, complex infrastructure projects – which can be difficult to deliver on time and to budget. A report from the Pu... more >

Local authorities key to unlocking HS2 regeneration – McLoughlin

24.07.14: Local authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships will play a vital role in unlocking the regeneration and growth opportunities HS2 has to offer, according to transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin. In his response to the independent HS2... more >

Two Together Railcard sales hit 100,000

24.07.14: At least 100,000 Two Together Railcards have been sold since the project’s launch in March, with the initiative being hailed a ‘huge hit’ by the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC). The Two Together Railcard al... more >

Brown report calls on NR to tackle rail resilience

23.07.14: Network Rail should undertake a review of route sections at risk from coastal storms or flooding, in light of events at Dawlish earlier this year. A government-commissioned report, led by former chairman of Eurostar Richard Brown CBE, said... more >

Crossrail completes tunnel segment production

23.07.14: Crossrail has cast the last of its 250,000 concrete segments, used to line the tunnels of Europe’s largest infrastructure project. The final piece was manufactured at Crossrail’s specially built factory in Chatham, Kent, which h... more >

Rail worker safety at worst level for seven years – ORR

23.07.14: The number of track workers being injured has hit a seven-year high, according to the Office of Rail Regulation’s (ORR) annual safety report. Workforce safety continues to be a significant challenge for the industry, with three deaths... more >

TfL rail services to introduce contactless fares in September

23.07.14: Transport for London’s (TfL) contactless payment service system is to go live across all the capital’s transport systems from September, much later than originally intended. Contactless fares, also known as Wave&Pay, were fi... more >

Development work at Euston station set to begin

22.07.14: Work on the £12.5m development of Euston station is to get underway later this month, with Network Rail looking to expand the size and retail offerings at London’s fourth busiest station. During phase one of the scheme, the piaz... more >

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TfL hands Cubic a new £660m Oyster contract

30/07/2014TfL hands Cubic a new £660m Oyster contract

Transport for London is to continue its long-running partnership with Cubic, having selected the fares and ticketing giant for its Electra contac... more >
Torrent Trackside buys Balfour Beatty’s rail plant hire business

30/07/2014Torrent Trackside buys Balfour Beatty’s rail plant hire business

Balfour Beatty Rail has sold its trackside plant and equipment rail business to Vp plc, which owns Torrent Trackside, for £5.5m. Jerem... more >
Connaught Tunnel refurbishment works complete

29/07/2014Connaught Tunnel refurbishment works complete

Crossrail has completed work to refurbish a disused tunnel in Docklands. The 550m-long Connaught Tunnel, under the Royal Docks next to ExCeL... more >

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01/07/2014Too many to mention

The RTM team has been very busy since the last edition went to press, at events big and small. We were there at Infrarail and Rail Live, of course, two great and inspiring shows – as well as the more research-focused Next Generation Rail. Then there was Gen Y Rail, the series of competitions put on by RTM’s own UK Rail Industry Training Trust. That fantastic series of events reached its conclusion in June with a national fin... read more >

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Victoria Station Upgrade

01/07/2014Victoria Station Upgrade

Craig Prangley, project director of the Taylor Woodrow/BAM Nuttall joint venture, and Glenn Keelan, programme manager at London Underground, give a... more >
Delivering the North Doncaster Chord

01/07/2014Delivering the North Doncaster Chord

Adrian Elliott, Alliance manager on the North Doncaster Chord at Network Rail, talked to RTM about delivering the new railway flyover. On 26 Jun... more >
Bringing innovation funding together for a brighter future

01/07/2014Bringing innovation funding together for a brighter future

David Clarke, director of FutureRailway, says the programme is building on the success of the Enabling Innovation Team (EIT) thanks to a new part... more >

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Great time to be a rail engineer

Great time to be a rail engineer

Phillip Hodgson, rail and property department manager at Matchtech, discusses the opportunities available for rail engineers in CP5. There was a... more > more last word articles >

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Responsible Business Practice Royal Gala Awards

25/07/2014Responsible Business Practice Royal Gala Awards

Guest blog by Chris Leech MBE, Business in the Community The huge positive impact businesses are making to society and the environment were ... more >
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Steam on the Underground: 150 years of the Hammersmith & City Line

02 Aug 2014

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hammersmith and City line with an exciting opportunity t...

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Steam on the Underground: 150 years of the Hammersmith & City Line

09 Aug 2014

Celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Hammersmith and City line with an exciting opportunity t...

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Steam: Rickmansworth to Chesham

16 Aug 2014

Enjoy a stunning steam train ride on the Metropolitan Line between Rickmansworth and Chesham. O...

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Waterfront Rail Conference: The Future of Railway in Britain

11 Sep 2014

Sharon Hedges, passenger manager, will be presenting to the Waterfront Rail Conference about &l...

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ASPECT 2015 – IRSE Conference

15 Sep 2014

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High Speed Rail – Vision into Reality

16/07/2014 18:00 - 20:30

The IET, Parsons Brinckerhoff and HS2 Ltd are collaborating on a regional programme of knowledge dissemination on high speed rail across the UK

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The 2014 Festival of Modern Tramways

19/07/2014 - 20/07/2014

Now in its twenty-sixth year, the Festival features the highest quality model tramway layouts and displays. There are sales stands to supply the modeller with all the necessary materials, kits, drawings, photographs, books etc., for model tram building. There is a competition, with a trophy given for the best model tram of the show (no competition entry fee, just bring along your models).

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The 2014 Festival of Modern Tramways

19/07/2014 - 20/07/2014

Now in its twenty-sixth year, the Festival features the highest quality model tramway layouts and displays. There are sales stands to supply the modeller with all the necessary materials, kits, drawings, photographs, books etc., for model tram building. There is a competition, with a trophy given for the best model tram of the show (no competition entry fee, just bring along your models).

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Listen to London - The Future of London Underground

26/07/2014 10:00 - 14:00

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A slow train to the future?

01/07/2014A slow train to the future?

Malcolm Dowden, consultant at Charles Russell LLP, updates RTM on the HS2 legislation. Parliamentary scrutiny of the first stage of HS2 has just... more >
BIM at New Street

01/07/2014BIM at New Street

Mace is working as delivery partner with Network Rail for the redevelopment of Birmingham New Street Station. Paul Dalton, senior project manager f... more >
Enery audits to hit all businesses

01/07/2014Enery audits to hit all businesses

The government’s decision to implement energy audits on all non-SMEs before 5 December 2015 will cause a headache for every company relying... more >
Making All Jobs Greener

01/07/2014Making All Jobs Greener

Jonathan Nobbs, corporate network and development manager at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), discusses the All... more >