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Hitachi to take possession of Doncaster Carr depot

23.04.14: Hitachi Rail Europe is to take possession of Doncaster Carr next month, a site that has been a railway depot for over 100 years, to develop its own £70m maintenance depot for the IEP trains.  The construction work, which will be... more >

New Altrincham Interchange bridge installed

23.04.14: A new 45-tonne steel bridge has been installed at Altrincham Interchange – improving passenger access to four platforms via stairs and lifts.  The bridge, which crosses both the Network Rail and Metrolink lines, was installed at... more >

Tube strikes planned over ticket office closures

23.04.14: London Underground (LU) staff are to strike for five days over potential cuts to jobs, ticket offices and safety, after long-running talks failed to settle the dispute.  The planned walk-out will start at 9pm on Monday, 28 April for tw... more >

DfT confirms 27-month direct award for Abellio Greater Anglia

16.04.14: Abellio Greater Anglia will run services in the east of England for another 27 months after reaching a fresh franchise agreement with the DfT. It promised more off-peak services, more Cambrdige-Stansted Airport trains, refurbishments to the... more >

Work on new Pudding Mill Lane station nears completion

16.04.14: Work to deliver a “bigger” and “better” new Docklands Light Railway (DLR) Pudding Mill Lane station and connect it up to the wider network is nearing completion, TfL has confirmed. The works, which will help to incre... more >

Hitachi and DfT finalise deal to build £2.7bn new ECML fleet

16.04.14: Financial close has been reached on the new fleet for the East Coast Main Line under the Intercity Express Programme (IEP). Together with the financial close on the Great Western announced last summer, this means that 866 train cars in tota... more >

Rail industry nets £3bn from discounted tickets – ORR

16.04.14: Discounted rail tickets accounted for £3bn in rail revenue and over 40% of all income from passenger fares in 2012-13, new data from the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has revealed.  This mirrors findings from ATOC, which says A... more >

Glasgow Airport Rail Link could be delivered under budget

15.04.14: New private sector led proposals for a Glasgow Airport Rail Link (garl) could mean the project, scrapped in 2009, could be delivered by 2018 and under budget, says rail lobby group RailQWest.  Under the proposals, NEWgarl would be a 1.... more >

Chiltern leases six Class 68 locos for Mainline services in £15m deal

15.04.14: Chiltern Railways is spending £15m to lease six new Class 68 diesel locomotives for use on its Birmingham to London Marylebone services. Forming part of its Mainline silver train fleet, the 85-tonne Class 68s will be supplied and full... more >

New Rochester underpass ‘air-jacked’ into position

15.04.14: Network Rail is to ‘air-jack’ the new Rochester station underpass into position over Easter, as part of the £147m scheme to improve the railway through the Medway towns in Kent. Engineers will put the underpass – whi... more >

Lordgate to supply luggage stacks for Hitachi Class 800 trains

14.04.14: Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd has entered into an agreement with Lordgate Engineering Ltd to supply the luggage racks and stacks on the new Great Western Main Line (GWML) trains it is building for the Intercity Express Programme (IEP).  The... more >

Redditch £100m redevelopment work set to start

14.04.14: Work to increase the frequency of trains between Barnt Green and Redditch, along with the redevelopment of Alvechurch station to provide a better railway for passengers, is set begin, Network Rail has confirmed.  The improvements are p... more >

Sleaford rail upgrade complete

14.04.14: The latest phase of modernising the Great Northern Great Eastern (GNGE) line between Peterborough and Doncaster via Lincoln has been completed with new signals and level crossings installed at Sleaford.  According to Network Rail, pass... more >

Marathon effort raises £600 for rail charity

11.04.14: Nearly £600 has been raised for the UK Rail Industry Training Trust (UKRITT) by a dedicated team of Rail Technology Magazine (RTM) marathon runners.  The team of four athletes took part in the Corporate Relay Manchester Marathon... more >

Network Rail to roll out wireless FTNx network in six months

11.04.14: Network Rail is to go live with its new FTNx wireless network in six months’ time, enabling it to monitor ‘millions’ of sensors and devices across the UK’s railway infrastructure. Craig Ellis, Network Rail Telecoms h... more >

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Tube strikes planned over ticket office closures

23/04/2014Tube strikes planned over ticket office closures

London Underground (LU) staff are to strike for five days over potential cuts to jobs, ticket offices and safety, after long-running talks failed... more >
New Altrincham Interchange bridge installed

23/04/2014New Altrincham Interchange bridge installed

A new 45-tonne steel bridge has been installed at Altrincham Interchange – improving passenger access to four platforms via stairs and lift... more >
Hitachi to take possession of Doncaster Carr depot

23/04/2014Hitachi to take possession of Doncaster Carr depot

Hitachi Rail Europe is to take possession of Doncaster Carr next month, a site that has been a railway depot for over 100 years, to develop its o... more >

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14/03/2014Celebrating the best of the best

We’ve been giving a lot of space to the UK Rail Industry Awards in Rail Technology Magazine recently, and with good reason – the Awards were a fantastic success. You’ll find all the coverage in this edition, with photos, interviews with the winners, sponsors and organisers, and what to expect next year (think even bigger, even better). It was great to see so many RTM readers at the event on 20 February at The Brew... read more >

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  • 20/07/2012Ground engineering reaches new heights

    Dave Warner, Director of Van Elle’s new rail division, explains how the company is helping to drive the sector forwards with investment in new...
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    RTM hears more about the diverse ways in which Derby-based Garrandale provides services to the UK rail network, and the role of CEO Malcolm Prentice...
  • 26/04/2012Clean power for high speed trains

    Mike Ferris, CEO of MTU-UK Ltd, explains more about the new MTU Series 1600 PowerPack. Equipped with MTU diesel engines, British DMU railcars...
  • 26/04/2012On the right track

    Lighting solutions specialist Holophane Europe has recently developed a range of specifically designed lighting for a wide range of metro...
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A united front

14/03/2014A united front

The RSSB has just published its Overview of Safety Performance for 2013. Colin Dennis, director of policy, research and risk, spoke to RTM. S... more >
Bringing contracts back in-house

14/03/2014Bringing contracts back in-house

The ‘Metro: all change’ programme in Tyne and Wear is entering its fourth year – with attention on the £389m scheme shift... more >
The skills and ideas to deliver Crossrail successfully

14/03/2014The skills and ideas to deliver Crossrail successfully

RTM speaks to Crossrail’s new strategic projects director, John Pelton, about programme management, innovation, organisational change and s... more >

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What people don’t know about HS2

What people don’t know about HS2

Arnab Dutt, managing director of British manufacturer Texane and a public member of Network Rail, argues against the all-too-common belief that i... more > more last word articles >
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Network Rail Consultancy to extend services Down Under

15/04/2014Network Rail Consultancy to extend services Down Under

Network Rail Consulting has appointed Philip Chalk as director of asset management and maintenance – ANZ, with a focus on developing its co... more >
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rail industry events

Infrarail 2014

20 May 2014 10:00

The platform for people from throughout the industry to meet face to face, make connections and...

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7th Annual Scottish Rail Conference

28 May 2014

The conference takes place at an exciting time for the rail network and wider industry. Tenderi...

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Gen Y Rail West Midlands

04 Jun 2014

Gen Y Rail is a new series of engagement and educational events for young people around the cou...

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Gen Y Rail National Final

25 Jun 2014

Gen Y Rail is a new series of engagement and educational events for young people around the cou...

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Network Rail enhances  safety with Sentinel

14/03/2014Network Rail enhances safety with Sentinel

Andy Littlejohns, Network Rail’s Sentinel Programme Implementation Manager, explains the changes that have recently come into force. On ... more >
Get smart – the benefits of  smart ticketing for passengers

14/03/2014Get smart – the benefits of smart ticketing for passengers

Smart ticketing could make a real difference to passengers’ travel experiences, argues Passenger Focus researcher Louise Hall. On behalf... more >
Smarter ticketing

14/03/2014Smarter ticketing

Two recent developments could really move smart ticketing on rail up a gear, says Lindsay Robertson, chief executive of ITSO. Last month, the ... more >
‘A fantastic showcase for what’s best in the industry’ – Richard Parry-Jones at UKRIA 2014

14/03/2014‘A fantastic showcase for what’s best in the industry’ – Richard Parry-Jones at UKRIA 2014

Network Rail’s chairman gave a well-received speech at the Awards focusing on investment, innovation, and skills for the future. The speech... more >