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21st century technology on board new inspection train

01.05.07: High tech asset inspection train to be introduced on the Tube next spring A new high-tech, dedicated Asset Inspection Train (AIT) is to be introduced from next spring by Tube Lines that will revolutionise track inspection and maintenance re... more >

Action called for to provide capacity for rail freight growth

01.05.07: Rail Freight Group has urged the Government to confirm the funding for rail freight schemes as a matter of urgency. The four elements are: • Including key rail freight schemes along with general capacity enhancements which would p... more >

Cabinet integration method reduces trackside installation time

01.05.07: Dangers faced by contractors on the railways are being drastically reduced thanks to advances in cabling techniques. A new ‘cabinet integration’ method has been successfully introduced which is increasing safety and saving money... more >

Challenges for railway suppliers

01.05.07: Jeremy Candfield, director general, Railway Industry Association The supply side of the rail industry is often taken for granted, yet is critical to successfully responding to the changing needs of the railway. In doing that it faces many c... more >

Derby Conference Centre open for business

01.05.07: Catalis Training have confirmed that they will be staying on the site on London Road, close to Pride Park and Ascot Drive, in the beautiful art deco grade II listed building which was previously the LMS College of Railway Technology site for the... more >

Drugs and alcohol in the rail workplace

01.05.07: News about drug and alcohol abuse is often in the headlines nowadays. More often than not it is linked to a story about crime or social decline saying that drug use within the teenage and adult community in the UK is increasing, but it is rarely... more >

Fare’s unfair

01.05.07: Alistair Carmichael MP, Liberal Democrat Shadow Transport Secretary. The Liberal Democrats have frequently highlighted the higher cost of rail fares in this country compared to those paid in other EU countries and, although there are many b... more >

Leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services referred to the Competition Commission

01.05.07: The Office of Rail Regulation has announced its decision to refer the leasing of rolling stock for franchised passenger services to the Competition Commission for further investigation. The decision follows a full public consultation on ORR... more >

MAS-WM Rail initiative to deliver Best Practice workshops

01.05.07: The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the West Midlands has awarded the contract for the delivery of a series of Best Practice workshops dedicated to the rail industry to Solihull based TEC Transnational. Rail companies in the region will b... more >

Metronet deploys Tube Lines' new high-output track renewals train

01.05.07: The first rail and sleeper delivery train (RSDT) commissioned specially for London Underground track renewals has begun work, supplied for Metronet Rail/GBRailfreight's new engineering train fleet by Tube Lines. The RSDT, similar to a &lsqu... more >

Metronet starts 2,000 mile signalling marathon

01.05.07: Metronet Rail has started the massive task of laying over 2,000 miles of new cable – enough to run from London to Cairo – for one of the biggest signalling projects in Europe. The new signalling is a vital component of the &poun... more >

New lease of life for iconic 125s

01.05.07: GNER has launched the first of its new-look diesel 125 trains as part of a £45m transformation which will deliver more reliable, comfortable, quieter and greener journeys for passengers along the East Coast Main Line. First introduced... more >

New train delivered to Metronet for trials on Victoria line

01.05.07: The first Tube train of a brand new fleet set to enter service on the Victoria line from 2009 has been delivered to Metronet Rail ready for testing. The high-tech trains are being introduced as part of a £750 million-plus upgrade of t... more >

New trains for North East passengers

01.05.07: Grand Central has announced that it is preparing to place an order for new rolling stock. The new stock will be a direct replacement for Grand Central’s iconic HST (High Speed Train) that has served the UK rail industry so well over t... more >

Plastic is not the only smart card solution

01.05.07: Newbury Data, manufacturer of the ND4020 rail ticket printer, has recently launched the ND4030, the company’s first entry into contactless smart ticket printing market. Newbury Data believe they are ideally placed to support system in... more >

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ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

25/03/2019ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in re... more >
Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

25/03/2019Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual... more >
Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25/03/2019Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks s... 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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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >
Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

22/01/2019Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be collaboration and compromise. Midlands Connect media lead James Bovill ... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. Th... more >
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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >