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Mayor to take responsibility for Silverlink Metro

01.02.06: The Department for Transport has announced that responsibility for Silverlink Metro services will be transferred to Transport for London. Silverlink Metro consists of train services between Richmond and North Woolwich, Gospel Oak and Barkin... more >

Multi-million pound roling stock order for GB Railfreight

01.02.06: GB Railfreight (GBRf) has placed a multi-million pound order for new locomotives and wagons. The order is for 5 Class 66 locomotives, 140 ‘Falcon’ box wagons, 10 Autoballasters and 22 FEA flat wagons, with 63 modules to convert... more >

Railway safety – all change?

01.02.06: Responsibility for railway safety regulation will soon transfer to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and Executive (HSE). This will enact the Government's intention to bring all aspects of rail regul... more >

Woolwich Arsenal extension moves forward

01.02.06: Work has begun on the tunnelling that will form part of the 2.5km Woolwich Arsenal extension on the Dockland Light Railway. As part of the preparatory work, a 540 tonne boring machine was lowered into a launch chamber in North Woolwich, in... more >

Yorkshire Forward invests to boost region’s transport

01.02.06: Yorkshire Forward is investing more than £8 million to increase train capacity by 6% on three of the region’s busiest lines. Developed in partnership with Northern Rail and Metro, the investment will provide 12 extra carriages o... more >

£52 million of contracts from Network Rail

01.01.06: Network Rail has awarded multi-million, long term steel contracts to two suppliers, with a third in the final negotiations. A corner stone of Network Rail’s rail renewal programme, the contracts will deliver over 100,000 tonnes of hig... more >

EMC training

01.01.06: Electromagnetic compatibility is a major issue in the railway environment. In order to ensure that electrical/electronic equipment does not produce interference in other electrical/electronic systems, it is vital that design engineers and system... more >

Network Rail’s £10 million IT project

01.01.06: Network Rail has completed one of the UK’s largest technology upgrades of 2005. 17,500 IT users, in over 460 locations around the UK, have been migrated to the latest versions of Microsoft Office applications under XP/SP2. The program... more >

Safety is more than skin deep

01.01.06: Although safety is very much part of the rail sector’s DNA, there are still areas in which technology could be used to reduce accidents further and improve project efficiencies. So says Bob Tallentire, managing director of Adien, the utili... more >

Stabilising the Metropolitan Line

01.01.06: A close look at Cementation Foundation Skanska’s work in London Work to stabilise an ageing earth structure for Metronet between Northwick Park and Preston Road Underground Stations has now been completed. The contract to reinfor... more >

Time for a change after one hundred and ten years.

01.01.06: Modern materials now offer a change in the way that detonators can be attached to a rail head. After observing the old practice of re-securing broken lead straps to detonators, the concept of a bespoke plastic clip was born for use in T3 Possess... more >

Wimslow and Sandbach’s £200 million improvements

01.01.06: A major engineering project between Sandbach and Wilmslow, Cheshire, began in December to upgrade the railway infrastructure and improve train services throughout the area. The £200 million scheme will see Network Rail engineers repla... more >

Bowstring arch bridge removed

01.12.05: The Paddington Bridge Project team have successfully lowered and moved the bowstring arch bridge. In 2004 the bridge was raised by ten metres by means of four strand jacks located in steel support towers in each corner of the bowstring. The... more >

British Transport Police awarded £3.6 billion

01.12.05: Transport Secretary, Alistair Darling, has announced a £3.6 million funding allocation for British Transport Police (BTP). The British Transport Police covers the rail systems across Britain, including London Underground and some tram... more >

Emergency training for Hull Trains

01.12.05: A new training scheme introduced by Hull Trains in November has been a great success. The programme, designed to help staff develop the skills needed to cope in emergency situations, has been running on Saturdays since November, with the he... more >

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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enh... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >