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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 >

Byker viaduct enhancements

01.01.07: Byker viaduct was constructed in 1979 and consists of a conventional two track system directly fastened to a concrete support (PACT). The existing track system was installed during construction of the viaduct and comprised BS 113A flat bottom ra... more >

CBS Outdoor snatches rail contracts from Titan

01.01.07: CBS Outdoor (formerly Viacom Outdoor) has won £13.5 million worth of business from Titan Outdoor following a clutch of advertising contract wins, including a five year contract with train operating company Northern Rail. CBS Outdoor&r... more >

Christmas doesn’t stop West Coast Main Line progress

01.01.07: The Christmas period was used to undertake several major bridge replacements on the Trent Valley four tracking project which will increase the capacity on the West Coast Main Line from two to four tracks between Tamworth and Armitage with Handsa... more >

Does China have all the answers?

01.01.07: We live in an age of just in time deliveries. Whether it is in business or our personal lives, we must have it now with improved quality and performance. And looming ever larger is the China effect. Over the last five to ten years, Chinese... more >

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Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... more >
New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

14/08/2018New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

New plans including a new access point to York station and the expansion of the National Railway Museum headline groundbreaking proposals of crea... more >
Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

14/08/2018Talgo launches legal bid against HS2 ‘botched’ £2.8bn train procurement

HS2 Ltd is facing a fresh legal challenge from Spanish manufacturer Talgo over what it argues has been “botched” £2.8bn rolling... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might jus... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >