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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 >

EWS awarded Sleeper contract

01.12.05: First ScotRail has awarded EWS a new contract to provide drivers and locomotives for the operation of the Caledonian Sleeper services between Scotland and London. EWS has a long association with the Caledonian Sleeper and has been providing... more >

First Group wins Greater Western Franchise

01.12.05: The Department for Transport has announced that First Group has been awarded the contract to run the Greater Western Franchise from 1st April. The Greater Western Franchise will include routes on the national rail network currently operated... more >

Network Rail unveils training centre

01.12.05: Councillor Andrew Carter, Leader of Leeds City Council officially opened Network Rail’s new operations training centre in December. The multi-million pound complex in Leeds will train new and existing signallers and other operations e... more >

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BTP and Network Rail warn drone pilots after ‘dangerously close’ incident in Surrey

26/04/2019BTP and Network Rail warn drone pilots after ‘dangerously close’ incident in Surrey

Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) have issued a warning to drone pilots to keep away from railway tracks after one incident in Surr... more >
‘No justification’: Buckinghamshire councils demand government halt HS2 prep work until Notice to Proceed given

26/04/2019‘No justification’: Buckinghamshire councils demand government halt HS2 prep work until Notice to Proceed given

Councils across Buckinghamshire have agreed to pass a special motion calling on the government and HS2 to halt all current site work in the count... more >
Crossrail to open by March 2021 as bosses confirm new timetable without Bond Street

26/04/2019Crossrail to open by March 2021 as bosses confirm new timetable without Bond Street

The Elizabeth Line will open by March 2021 at the latest as a new six-month delivery window for the Crossrail’s crisis-hit central section ... 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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A strengthened rail supply chain

26/04/2019A strengthened rail supply chain

Ahead of TransCityRail Midlands, We caught up with strategic partner PTS Training academy to find out more about how they are plugging the skills... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 >
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 >