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Sardines are revolting

01.03.07: In solidarity with fellow passengers fed up being crammed into trains like sardines, Transport 2000’s Sardine Man was at Bristol Temple Meads station in January to make the case for an expanded train service. ‘The situation in t... more >

Start of a new era for South West Trains

01.03.07: Stagecoach Group has operated South West Trains since it ran the first ever privatised train back in 1996 and was awarded a new ten year franchise last September. The new franchise began on 4 February and passengers have been promised a whole ra... more >

Tackling graffiti on the railways

01.03.07: Derek McGovern, chairman of the Anti-Graffiti Association, looks forward to this year’s national conference Those of us who work in the rail industry well know that the railway is a dangerous environment. Unfortunately, graffiti vanda... more >

The case for high speed rail

01.03.07: Chris Green, chairman of The Railway Forum, on why they are seeking an urgent study into the case for new long distance rail capacity for the UK beyond 2014 The UK rail network has been effectively frozen in size since the 1960’s. Dur... more >

The future of high speed rail in the UK

01.03.07: Chris Grayling, Shadow Secretary of State for Transport, looks at options for the development of high speed rail. In the end, the Eddington Report was a massive disappointment. Far from being a long term blueprint for transport in Britain... more >

The price of copper

01.03.07: The high price of copper is believed to be behind an epidemic of cable thefts which are causing havoc in some parts of the country and costing rail companies millions of pounds. And although copper prices are currently 40% below last year&r... more >

Time to get hands on

01.03.07: Express Medicals Ltd is well known within the rail industry as a provider of PTS medicals and drug & alcohol testing. While these remain vital health and safety measures for the industry, new legal requirements are also crucial for many comp... more >

Tube Lines

01.03.07: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the busiest lines on the London Underground, is taking the first step towards replacing the entire Piccadilly line fleet by inviting expressions of interest from manufacturers for supplying new trains. Under it... more >

Tube Lines orders new signalling system for the Piccadilly line

01.03.07: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the busiest lines on the London Underground, has awarded a £160m extension to the contract it has with Thales’s rail signalling solutions business (formerly of Alcatel) to provide a new signalling s... more >

A centre of excellence for rail drive systems

01.01.07: ZF Great Britain Limited has been supplying rail drive systems for more than 40 years. It has underlined its commitment to customers in the rail sector by opening a dedicated centre of excellence. ZF offers a full line of drive systems for... more >

£600m Metro reinvigoration bid goes to Downing Street

01.01.07: The Tyne and Wear Metro needs a £600m cash investment to secure its future for the next 20 years, the Government will be told. The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority today has approved a business case drawn up by Nexus settin... more >

AB Connectors-at the forefront of innovation

01.01.07: AB Connectors, part of TT Electronics Plc, is recognised as a market leader in the design and manufacture of connectors and interconnection systems for the harsh environments found in the rail industry, where high performance and reliability are... more >

Ashwood pumping station emergency work

01.01.07: It was August, and three failures due to turbidity had occurred at Ashwood, forcing emergency action to be taken. The turbidity was due to iron, but there was no iron in the boreholes or the contact tank they supplied. This meant that the s... more >

ATWS Autoprowa®

01.01.07: Within the last years the methodology of safety measures for on track work sites as well as the corresponding technology have changed. Track worker safety is a vital aspect when planning work sites. The railway industry therefore demanded a... more >

Bringing a digital dimension to rail security

01.01.07: The need for robust transportation security measures across rail networks has never been greater following the Madrid and London bombings. Those responsible for ensuring the smooth running of this critical infrastructure have to contend wit... more >

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on 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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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 >
Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... more >