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Study reveals continued strong growth forecast to 2016

25.11.08: UNIFE – the Association of the European Rail Industry - has predicted continued strong growth patterns for the entire rail supply industry to 2016. Commenting on the publication of the new study, UNIFE director-general Michael Clausec...

Business continuity management - best practices in the rail industry

20.11.08: The terrorist attacks in July 2005 sparked many firms into action to improve their business continuity plans and business interruption cover. However, firms often fail to grasp the true costs of responding to an incident threatening the survival...

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20.11.08: Companies across the rail industry are increasingly recognising the benefits to be gained from Institution of Railway Operators corporate membership This summer has seen two more major train operators, London Midland and CrossCountry, becom...

Network Rail interim results for the six month period 1 April to 30 September 2008

20.11.08: Financial highlights • Pre-tax profit of £706m compared to £780m at 30 September 2007 • Profit after tax of £5m (Sep 2007: £591m) owing to increase in tax charge following abolition of industrial building...

New Oyster contract to deliver great value for money to Londoners

20.11.08: Deal sees ownership of the Oyster brand pass to TfL ensuring that passengers will continue to have Oyster in their pockets for years to come Transport for London today announced the agreement of a new contract for the future management an...

Passengers back MPs’ call for rail improvements

20.11.08: Train companies must improve the way they manage disruption as a matter of urgency, the national rail watchdog has advised. Passenger Focus has backed the Committee of Public Accounts’ findings which show delays cost passengers £...

Passengers must be able to plan around Thameslink disruption

20.11.08: Passengers have told the rail industry they must be kept up to speed with disruption and journey changes resulting from Thameslink programme works. Passenger Focus, with train companies Southeastern and First Capital Connect have asked pass...

South West Trains launches smartcard pilot

20.11.08: A number of season ticket holders are taking part in the pilot between Staines and Windsor to help test and perfect the ITSO smartcard technology before it is rolled out across the network. The pilot is the first step in the delivery of the...

South West Trains launches passenger pilot of UK’s first national rail smartcard

14.11.08: South West Trains has launched a passenger pilot of the UK’s first national rail smartcard. A number of season ticket holders are taking part in the pilot between Staines and Windsor to help test and perfect the ITSO smartcard technol...

National Express East Anglia launches safer travel scheme

10.11.08: National Express East Anglia has introduced a ‘Safer Travel’ scheme for customers travelling on their Metro route services between Shenfield and Maryland, where trains call at stations including Romford and Ilford. The train operator...

East Midlands Trains opens new head office building in Nottingham

07.11.08: Train operator East Midlands Trains has opened the first of two brand new head office buildings in the East Midlands in Nottingham. The premises in Waterfront House on Station Street, adjacent to Nottingham railway station, will be home to...

Passengers’ priorities put at the heart of new train service

07.11.08: Passenger Focus is pleased to see that passengers’ priorities for the new South Central franchise are prominent in the Government’s tender process. The Department for Transport has called on bidders to submit their tenders to ru...

ATOC underlines importance of train operators in new department for transport initiative

03.11.08: The Association of Train Operating Companies has said that the success of the National Networks Strategy Group, announced by the Secretary of State for Transport, will depend on the contribution which train operators can make to its work. A...

National Express blueprint means faster journeys, more seats, more investment in rail

03.11.08: Experts’ report highlights key benefits of East Coast growth plans An influential report by a leading business consultancy has revealed that train operator National Express East Coast’s plans to expand its services will cut jo...

Rail watchdog and train company release ticket machine research

20.10.08: New research reveals what passengers like and dislike about using ticket machines to pay their fare. South West Trains and Passenger Focus have today released research showing passengers are still queuing at ticket offices despite knowing t...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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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. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >