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Holland’s landmark PPP high speed rail project

01.03.07: The final phase of the infrastructure for the Dutch High Speed Rail project (HSL-Zuid), a landmark 2.9 billion euro public-private partnership, was delivered within expected time schedules and budget to the Dutch government on December 21 2006.... more >

How safe are our railways?

01.03.07: Stephen Lewis visited Rail Safety and Standards Board headquarters near Euston to find out. It’s official - Britain’s railways are not only getting busier, they’re getting safer. “Since 1946, the risk on the railways... more >

Improving north-south rail capacity

01.03.07: GW Monteith Chairman of The Institution of Civil Engineers’ High Speed Rail Panel There is a strong body of opinion in the railway industry, that we should adopt Eddington’s suggestion that capacity should be increased by improv... more >

Lone worker protection helps take action against abusive passengers

01.03.07: One of the most powerful deterrents for any aggressive individual is the thought that their abusive behaviour will get them in trouble with the authorities. However, producing the evidence to gain a successful prosecution can be difficult. ... more >

Metronet awards first six station projects outside of its supply chain

01.03.07: Metronet Rail has announced that it has awarded the first tranche of six contracts for station upgrades outside of its tied supply chain. Following a competitive tender process in late 2006, initial contracts have now been awarded for the design... more >

Network Rail increasing level crossing safety with new risk model

01.03.07: Network Rail can now predict risk at all types of level crossings in the UK, enabling better informed decision making through the deployment of ALCRM (all level crossing risk model) from Strategic Thought. Network Rail took over the railway... more >

Network Rail seeks engineering apprentices

01.03.07: Up to 26 new recruits are being sought by Network Rail in the North West for its industry-leading advanced apprenticeship scheme. Now in its third year, the programme will take on 240 aspiring engineers. For the first time, in 2007, Network Rail... more >

Nomad Digital acquires QinetiQ Rail

01.03.07: Nomad Digital, providers and operators of specialist mobility networks, has announced its acquisition of QinetiQ Rail, the commercial rail division of QinetiQ, one of the UK’s leading defence and security technology companies. Nomad h... more >

Now is the time for the rail industry to deliver, says ORR chairman

01.03.07: Rail users and government have great expectations of the railways, and now is the time for the industry to show what it can deliver. That was the message from Chris Bolt, chairman of the Office of Rail Regulation, at the National Rail Conference... more >

Odds on the next train at platform 4 is £1m better off

01.03.07: Step on a District line service now and the odds are it will be a new look train, refurbished by Metronet Rail to the tune of £1 million. Metronet has just revamped the 38th train out of the 75 strong fleet meaning there are now more... more >

One million steel sleepers for the U.K. market

01.03.07: Since being awarded Network Rail¹s steel sleeper contract in 2003, GMT has now manufactured and supplied over one million sleepers for the UK market. In addition to satisfying the increased demand for Network Rail¹s steel sleeper... more >

Passengers are experiencing wide differences in rail services

01.03.07: Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, has said today that passengers are experiencing wide differences in rail services depending on the train operator they travel with. Passenger Focus’ latest National Pas... more >

PB to project manage Mumbai Metro development

01.03.07: The planned development of an 11.5 km-long Metro rail system in Mumbai is to be project managed by leading international engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), in joint venture with Systra (SA France). Reliance Energy Ltd has appoint... more >

PEI-Genesis offers ITT’s versatile VEAM CIR connectors with

01.03.07: International assembling distributor PEI-Genesis has added ITT’s VEAM CIR series of multipin circular connectors to its product range and will be offering them with the company’s unrivalled 48-hour assembly service from May 2007. ... more >

Risk triggered commentary improves rail safety

01.03.07: Halcrow, in partnership with Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), has won the Rail Safety and Security Excellence of the Year award at the HSBC Rail Business Awards 2006 in London. The awards, which are in their eighth year, recognise excellence in busine... 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 >