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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 >

Sardines are revolting

01.03.07: In solidarity with fellow passengers fed up being crammed into trains like sardines, Transport 2000’s Sardine Man was at Bristol Temple Meads station in January to make the case for an expanded train service. ‘The situation in t... more >

Start of a new era for South West Trains

01.03.07: Stagecoach Group has operated South West Trains since it ran the first ever privatised train back in 1996 and was awarded a new ten year franchise last September. The new franchise began on 4 February and passengers have been promised a whole ra... more >

Tackling graffiti on the railways

01.03.07: Derek McGovern, chairman of the Anti-Graffiti Association, looks forward to this year’s national conference Those of us who work in the rail industry well know that the railway is a dangerous environment. Unfortunately, graffiti vanda... more >

The case for high speed rail

01.03.07: Chris Green, chairman of The Railway Forum, on why they are seeking an urgent study into the case for new long distance rail capacity for the UK beyond 2014 The UK rail network has been effectively frozen in size since the 1960’s. Dur... more >

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 >

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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >