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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 >

Flood Hit Tewkesbury needs rail slope work

02.08.07: Long reach excavator specialist WM Plant Hire are using their 25m reach CAT 375 machine to work on the emergency stabilisation of the rail cutting east of Tewkesbury flooding area. Heavy rain has led to several landslips along this length o... more >

FTA Welcomes key cross-London rail freight route announcement

02.08.07: The Freight Transport Association has welcomed the announcement by the Department for Transport of £18.5 million funding from the Transport Innovation Fund for the Gospel Oak to Barking diversionary freight route enhancement to provide add... more >

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >
Taking to the skies

30/10/2018Taking to the skies

Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs... more >
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 >

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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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >