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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...

£600m Metro reinvigoration bid goes to Downing Street

01.01.07: The Tyne and Wear Metro needs a £600m cash investment to secure its future for the next 20 years, the Government will be told. The Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Authority today has approved a business case drawn up by Nexus settin...

CBS Outdoor snatches rail contracts from Titan

01.01.07: CBS Outdoor (formerly Viacom Outdoor) has won £13.5 million worth of business from Titan Outdoor following a clutch of advertising contract wins, including a five year contract with train operating company Northern Rail. CBS Outdoor&r...

Interview With Ian Yeowart

01.01.07: Ian Yeowart, managing director, Grand Central Railway Company, talks to RTM in the run up to the launch of its new service in May How do you justify to passengers your decision to postpone services by five months? It’s been a dif...

Metronet recruits hundreds to boost engineering strength

01.01.07: In a drive to improve performance on the London Underground, Metronet Rail is adding 550 new staff to its frontline engineering maintenance team, an increase of more than 25 per cent. Metronet, which is investing over £3 million every...

Mobile phone ticketing first for UK rail industry

01.01.07: Chiltern Railways has become the first train company in the United Kingdom to sell mobile phone tickets to their passengers following the sale of their first 'mobile tickets' to passengers last week. Chiltern Railways is working alongside Y...

Rail freight promoters support

01.01.07: Immediate start urged for £5 billion super rail freight artery In an open letter to Gordon Brown MP, Chancellor of the Exchequer, and to Douglas Alexander MP, Secretary of State for Transport, Kelvin Hopkins MP urges that the nation a...

Transmitton wins SCADA project on West Coast power supply upgrade

01.01.07: Transmitton, now part of Siemens Transportation Systems rail communications group in the UK, is the SCADA contractor on the Network Rail West Coast power supply upgrade, a programme of works to reinforce the electrification infrastructure, incre...

Lighting the high-speed rail link

01.11.06: Bob Bohannon, general manager of Sill Lighting, explains the challenges faced in meeting the lighting requirements on the CTRL project As the first new railway in England for over sixty years, the Channel Tunnel Rail Link (CTRL), which in i...

Team Construction celebrates five years of success

01.11.06: Team Construction is celebrating five years of highly successful trading as a Payroll Service for contractors and sub-contractors in the Construction industry. Despite the challenges of new legislation, the company anticipates continued healthy...

Fastline Freight launches second service to Midlands

01.09.06: Fastline Freight has extended its service with the introduction of a new route between Thamesport and the Midlands, complementing its existing service to the North East. The additional service comes just weeks after Fastline Freight announc...

Laing O’Rourke seals Barclay Mowlem deal

01.07.06: Laing O’Rourke, the leading privately owned construction company in the UK, has acquired Brisbane-based contractor Barclay Mowlem for a fee around £30m. Although it does not include Barclay Mowlem’s 13.9% state in Freightl...

RMT ‘no more privatised rail’ plea

01.07.06: Britain’s largest rail and Tube union has blasted Transport for London’s plans to privatise the Tube’s East London Line and re-privatise the North London Line. As TfL announced the preferred bidders to run the two lines, t...

TfL concerned about First Capital Connect fare restrictions

01.07.06: Transport for London (TfL) has expressed concerns about the wider impact of First Capital Connect’s new fares policy, which has restricted the use of cheap day return tickets on their northbound peak service. The policy was introduced...

Transport for London claim fails

01.05.06: Transport for London (TfL) has failed in a legal action brought against Tramtrack Croydon Ltd. (TCL). The South London tram system, operated by TCL, is designed to carry up to 28 million passengers, but currently carries just 22 million. Th...

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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 >