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Park Street bridge brought up to strength

23.08.07: Work will soon start on a £250,000 project by Network Rail and Birmingham City Council to strengthen Park Street bridge in Birmingham to ensure it meets current standards for roads passing over railway lines. A scheme is under way to... more >

RAIB Report released into a collision at Badminton

23.08.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a collision at Badminton on 31 October 2006. On Tuesday 31 October 2006 two self-propelled track maintenance machines, a tamper and a ballast regulator, collided nea... more >

Results of research into seat belts, windows and the industry approach to escape from passenger trains

23.08.07: Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has published the results of research into seat belts, windows and the industry approach to escape from passenger trains. Britain’s railways are extremely safe and accidents are rare. The measure... more >

Smart posters show passengers the way

23.08.07: An innovative pilot scheme that will see maps, directions and real time travel advice transmitted to mobile phones begins this week. The three-month trial, centered around Blackfriars London Underground (LU) station, will see Near Field Com... more >

DLR 20th anniversary competition winners to get inside track

16.08.07: Docklands Light Railway (DLR), part of Transport for London (TfL), celebrates its 20th anniversary on 31 August 2007. As part of the celebrations to mark the occasion it is offering up to 20 DLR buffs the opportunity to spend an afternoon at the... more >

Machine to make tube passengers’ journeys smoother is first in UK

16.08.07: Tube Lines invests £500,000 in mobile wheel lathe at Stratford Market Depot to improve train maintenance Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the Tube’s busiest lines, has introduced the United Kingdom’s first ever mobile wh... more >

National Express Group awarded contract

16.08.07: Passenger Focus, the independent rail consumer watchdog, has responded to the announcement by the Department for Transport that the National Express Group has been awarded the contract to run the Intercity East Coast rail franchise from 9 Decemb... more >

New East coast rail franchise

16.08.07: EAST Coast train operator GNER has shared the disappointment of its bid partners, Stagecoach Group plc and The Virgin Group of Companies, after the Department for Transport announced that the partnership bid for a new Inter City East Coast franc... more >

New Train Company unveiled

16.08.07: A new train company for the East Midlands and South Yorkshire area has unveiled its name, logo and the look of its train livery – and plans for millions of pounds of improvements to trains and stations. East Midlands Trains, run by St... more >

Praise for 20% rail passenger rise

16.08.07: Public transport leaders have praised a local train operator for increasing passenger numbers by a fifth in just three years. Northern Rail began running services across the north of England in 2004 and was recently named as the public transpor... more >

FTA Welcomes transport committee freight inquiry

09.08.07: The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the announcement of the Commons Transport Select Committee inquiry into freight transport. FTA's Policy Director, James Hookham said, 'The Select Committee inquiry will provide the opportunity for t... more >

George Muir Announces His Intention to Retire As ATOC Director General

09.08.07: George Muir, Director General of the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC), has announced that he will retire when he turns sixty five early next year after more then eight years’ service. Adrian Shooter, Chairman of the ATO... more >

RAIB Report released into collision at Pickering station

09.08.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a collision at Pickering station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 5 May 2007. A summary of the key points from the report is included below. Summary On... more >

Tube Lines publishes its third annual environment report

09.08.07: Tube Lines, the company rebuilding the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines which together carry 40% of all London Underground passengers, has published its third annual environment report. The company reports on environmental performance thro... more >

Docklands Light Railway to increase capacity by 50 per cent with three-car trains

02.08.07: Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed plans to introduce longer trains on the busiest parts of the Docklands Light Railway from 2009, which will lead to a 50 per cent increase in capacity by 2010. This follows Department for Transport ap... 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 >