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Amey teams up with University for railway engineering apprenticeship

Amey teams up with University for railway engineering apprenticeship

04 February 2020Amey Consulting has teamed up with Sheffield Hallam University to deliver a trailblazing Railway Engineering degree apprenticeship scheme to help attract new talent into the railway industry. The new apprenticeship will give 30 new students the c...

Grant Shapps welcomes new direct Amsterdam-London rail service

Grant Shapps welcomes new direct Amsterdam-London rail service

04 February 2020Transport Secretary, Grant Shapps has today (Jan 4) welcomed the new direct Eurostar rail service between Amsterdam and London, set to launch in April 2020. Since Early 2018 passengers have been able to make this journey on the Eurostar, but with...

Northern to come under government control from March

Northern to come under government control from March

29 January 2020Transport secretary Grant Shapps has announced troubled train operating company will be brought under government control from March 1, 2020.

Avanti West Coast model train set to be auctioned for children’s charity

Avanti West Coast model train set to be auctioned for children’s charity

29 January 2020To raise money for children’s charity, Action for Children, the very first Hornby Avanti West Coast Pendolino is set to be auctioned off and expected to rise hundreds of pounds.

ORR launch signalling systems market study

ORR launch signalling systems market study

27 January 2020The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today (Jan 27) opened a market study into the supply of rail signalling systems. The study will aim to examine issues within the rail signalling marketplace and address them if appropriate, taking into accoun...

Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

23 January 2020Aired on television last night (Jan 22) the lucky winners of the Transform a Pacer competition were announced. The competition means that after 30 years of service to northern communities Pacer trains will now serve them in a new way, focused on b...

Engineering expertise in Northern's £100m investment

Engineering expertise in Northern's £100m investment

23 January 2020Rail operator, Northern, has published insight into the processes and engineering expertise involved with its current £100m investment into its trains. The ongoing modernisation programme is working to fully refurbish 268 diesel and electri...

Ep. 005 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

Ep. 005 - Monica Barbosa, Xrail

22 January 2020Director of Business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the rail industry from an SME perspective. Monica is a cheerleader for small and medium enterprises and explains how the inno...

DfT statement on South Western Railway

DfT statement on South Western Railway

22 January 2020The Department for Transport (DfT) has today (Jan 22) announced an update on South Western Railway, outlining precautionary measures to ensure the continuation of services. Transport secretary, Grant Shapps, has released a written statement highl...

The age of Intelligent Infrastructure - Network Rail

The age of Intelligent Infrastructure - Network Rail

21 January 2020Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20   Predictive technology that informs engineers when, where and why faults will occur on the railway are vital to improving infrastructure performance and driving a better service for passengers. Jonathan Schofield...

Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

16 January 2020Vivarail achieved a UK first yesterday (Jan 15) as their Class 230 train travelled 40 miles on battery power alone. It comes during a time of desperate need for a cleaner, greener train network as the UK strives for net zero carbon by 2050. Duri...

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16 January 2020The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series, is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the protect the railway from possible landslips and rock-falls from the hillsides and embankments. £1.7m has been invested by...

Greater Anglia’s new commuter trains have arrived in Essex

Greater Anglia’s new commuter trains have arrived in Essex

15 January 2020The new Bombardier electric trains have now arrived in the region, ready to commence a series of safety and performance tests in Essex, Cambridgeshire, Herefordshire and Suffolk. Designed and built at Bombardier’s Derby factory, the five-ca...

White Hart Lane Station - Fereday Pollard Architects

White Hart Lane Station - Fereday Pollard Architects

15 January 2020Source RTM Dan 19/ Jan 20   Fereday Pollard Architects are delighted to have completed their commission as lead architects and public realm designers for Taylor Woodrow who have successfully built and handed over the landmark new station at...

Building on success - Hull Trains

Building on success - Hull Trains

15 January 2020Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Louise Cheeseman, managing director at Hull Trains, speaks to Rail Technology Magazine as she reflects on 2019 and outlines what’s next for Hull Trains in 2020   As we approach our twentieth year in bu...

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West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

07/07/2020West Midlands Interchange to boost local economy

The new Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI), titled the West Midlands Interchange (WMI), located in South Staffordshire, is set to become a... more >
HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

07/07/2020HS2 eastern leg could create up to 150,000 jobs

Leaders in the North and the Midlands are calling for HS2 work to be brought forward as new research shows the eastern leg of the line could crea... more >
New bridge in progress at Eridge station

07/07/2020New bridge in progress at Eridge station

Work to remove and rebuild a footbridge at Eridge station in East Sussex took place over the weekend. In order to keep those safe who use th... 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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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 innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... 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 wo... more >