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Nexus unveils new £362m trains for Tyne and Wear Metro

28.01.20: Nexus have announced Swiss company Stadler as their preferred bidder for a £362m contract to build new trains for the Tyne and Wear Metro. It is hoped the new fleet of trains will transform performance, passenger experience and deliver... more >

Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

28.01.20: Tees Valley Combined Authority has submitted a bid to government for the funds needed to ‘dramatically overhaul’ Darlington railway station. Announced by Tees Valley Mayor Ben Houchen yesterday (Jan 27), the business case for th... more >

£500m promised by Government to restore historic rail lines

28.01.20: Remote communities across the country will see the benefit from better rail connections, set to advance regional economies and boost access to jobs and education, following a £500m fund to kickstart the restoration of lines close... more >

120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

27.01.20: Over 120 senior business leaders from within the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands have signed an open letter to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, urging him to commit to HS2 in full. The letter, published on behalf of the Northern Powerhouse P... more >

Ep. 6. Unlocking the potential of NPR, Tim Wood

27.01.20: Director Northern Powerhouse Rail and Transport for the North, Tim Wood, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss benefits and opportunities the NPH Rail can bring. Gain insider information on the progress of Northern Powerhouse Rail fro... more >

ORR launch signalling systems market study

27.01.20: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today (Jan 27) opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems. The study will aim to examine issues within the rail signalling marketplace and address them if appropriate, taking into... more >

HS2 progress report released

24.01.20: Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Office. The report says The Department for Transport, HS2 Ltd and government have widely miscalculated the task, leading to amb... more >

Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

23.01.20: Aired on television last night (Jan 22) the lucky winners of the Transform a Pacer competition were announced. The competition means that after 30 years of service to northern communities Pacer trains will now serve them in a new way, focused on... more >

Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to make the railway even safer. In a safety critical industry like rail, it is vital that we alwa... more >

New tech-enabled trains are putting passengers in control

23.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 Robert Nisbet, director of Nations and Regions at the Rail Delivery Group, looks ahead at the future of Interconnectivity of the Rail Industry. This year, nine operators are introducing new and upgraded trains... more >

Engineering expertise in Northern's £100m investment

23.01.20: Rail operator, Northern, has published insight into the processes and engineering expertise involved with its current £100m investment into its trains. The ongoing modernisation programme is working to fully refurbish 268 diesel and e... more >

Ep. 005 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

22.01.20: Director of Business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from an SME perspective. Monica is a cheerleader for small and medium enterprises and explains how t... more >

DfT statement on South Western Railway

22.01.20: The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Jan 22) announced an update on South Western Railway, outlining precautionary measures to ensure the continuation of services. Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has released a written statement... more >

RTM proud supporters of WeAreTheCity Rising Stars Awards 2020

21.01.20: The Rising Star Awards are now in their sixth year of running and are the first to focus on the UK’s female talent pipeline below management level. Back in 2015 WeAreTheCity’s set their strategic goal which is aimed to showcase 1,000... more >

Freight’s role in zero carbon emissions - ERFA

21.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20   Conor Feighan Secretary General European Rail Freight Association (ERFA) The key challenge for policy makers and industry over the coming five years revolves around the decarbonisation of transport... more >

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With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

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The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >