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Innovation through people and technology

18.09.18: Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on the regulator’s most recent annual health and safety report. In the ORR’s most rec... more >

The cost that counts is the price of doing nothing

18.09.18: When it comes to investing in connectivity in the Midlands, what matters most is not whether we can afford to finance our ambitions but whether we can afford not to, writes Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect. At the start of Ju... more >

Why we all must mind the gap

18.09.18: Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation of talented engineers are not only equipped with the skills necessary for major infrastructure proj... more >

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

17.09.18: Firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended an indecent yesterday at Colchester station after reports of hazardous fumes had caused someone to fall ill. The local fire service said: “On arrival firefighters reporte... more >

Second staff member on new Merseyrail trains could cost £7m and lead to fare rises

17.09.18: The cost of having a second member of staff onboard Merseyrail’s new fleet could cost as much as £7m a year in operating expenditure, according to a report published ahead of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Friday bo... more >

Shortlisted bidders revealed for £360m Tyne and Wear rolling stock deal

17.09.18: Nexus, which runs the Tyne and Wear Metro, has announced a shortlist of bidders in the running for the £360m contract to build and maintain the network’s new rolling stock. Nexus has now begun detailed negotiations with all bidd... more >

Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

17.09.18: Freelance transport journalist Lesley Brown looks towards railway-specific, bearer independent communication.  Today, GSM-R is a well-established technology for carrying voice and data for operations across most railway netwo... more >

Hull Trains’ Louise Mendham appointed as director after 14 years of delivery

14.09.18: Louise Mendham has been appointed as the new production director of Hull Trains after 14 years of successful delivery at the company. The long serving member of Hull Trains joined as operational support in 2004 and will now join the executi... more >

HS2 land purchase costs triple in six years, ‘significant uncertainty’ remains

14.09.18: HS2 Ltd’s acquisition of properties has been criticised for soaring costs and slow payments in the National Audit Office’s (NAO’s) latest report on the scheme. Only half of advance payments to claimants have been completed... more >

New CAF trains for Northern begin testing in the UK

14.09.18: The first round of dynamic UK testing for rail operator Northern’s new CAF-manufactured trains are underway. Tests are running on the North West network following track testing in the Czech Republic, with the state-of-the-art trains t... more >

TransPennine upgrade works will shut down route for almost five years

13.09.18: To achieve the improvements envisaged through the TransPennine upgrade, Network Rail will have to close some part of the route for up to a whopping 39 weeks per year for five years – in other words, closures of almost 50 months in total th... more >

UTG: New deal on urban rail funding and devolution needed

13.09.18: The Urban Transport Group (UTG) has warned a new deal on funding and devolution of rail services is needed to keep UK cities moving forward. A report by the group, released today, claims that rail investment is not keeping pace with the nee... more >

Backlash at rail boss Richard Branson as he says lateness ‘annoys’ him

13.09.18: Rail passengers took to Twitter to express anger at Virgin Trains boss Richard Branson, who tweeted: “There’s very little that annoys me in life, but people turning up late really does.” There’s very little that anno... more >

Hitachi MD on slowed ECML progress: ‘These are teething problems that will be solved’

12.09.18: The managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe has responded to faults in track along the East Coast Main Line (ECML) slowing progress for the roll-out of the Class 800 Azuma trains, arguing that the issues are “teething problems” that... more >

New centre in Birmingham as part of Bombardier and Hitachi’s HS2 bid launch

12.09.18: A brand-new HS2 bid centre will be based at the Millennium Point in Birmingham as part of Hitachi and Bombardier’s joint venture for the £2.75bn rolling stock contract, which was officially launched today. In a public announceme... more >

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... more >

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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 Ye... read more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >
Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... 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. ... more > more last word articles >

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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Eve... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >