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Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17.11.17: Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deploy the countless benefits of strong digital connectivity across the rail network. The UK is a su...

RSSB launches competition to boost railway’s operational performance

RSSB launches competition to boost railway’s operational performance

15.11.17: The Train Operator Competition 2017 (TOC17) has been launched today which looks to find innovative solutions to improving the performance of the railway. The £3.25m competition, launched by the RSSB, is designed to encourage greater colla...

GWR continues infrastructure project with new timetable planned

GWR continues infrastructure project with new timetable planned

09.11.17: The next phase of the project to build and improve infrastructure along the Great Western main line is set to begin. Upcoming work will focus on delivering upgrades to high-speed routes from Paddington to Newbury, Oxford, Bristol, South Wal...

UK Governments continue with plans for three-hour London to Scotland journeys

UK Governments continue with plans for three-hour London to Scotland journeys

06.11.17: Plans to reduce train times between Scotland and England have taken a step closer to completion with feasibility studies commissioned on a number of routes. Starting in 2016, the joint project between the UK and Scottish governments origina...

Merseytravel calls on Liverpool council bosses to endorse rail strategy

Merseytravel calls on Liverpool council bosses to endorse rail strategy

03.11.17: Merseytravel has urged the Liverpool City Region to endorse its new updates to the long-term rail strategy. The plans, presented to the authority’s transport committee yesterday, have been edited to consider changes in the industry si...

Where next for a rail investment plan in the north?

Where next for a rail investment plan in the north?

02.11.17: Lord Tony Berkeley, chair of the Rail Freight Group, analyses the potential impact of major government announcements regarding pan-north electrification and CP6 funding. In the last few months we have been subjected to a barrage of minister...

Bristol modernisation work to restart in November with overhead line upgrade

Bristol modernisation work to restart in November with overhead line upgrade

02.11.17: Modernisation work in Bristol will continue in November with Network Rail planning electrification and platform improvements. Overhead lines will be installed to continue the planned electrification on the route between London Paddington an...

EGIP into final testing phase as first full Edinburgh to Glasgow journey completed

EGIP into final testing phase as first full Edinburgh to Glasgow journey completed

01.11.17: The ScotRail Alliance successfully tested its first Class 385 on the full journey between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street in the early hours of this morning. The journey builds on the previous test between Edinburgh and Linlithg...

NR stabilises Chiltern main line with innovative Japanese piling method

NR stabilises Chiltern main line with innovative Japanese piling method

01.11.17: Network Rail has stabilised a railway using an innovative piling method from Japan. The technique has been used to stabilise half a mile of subsiding embankment beneath the Chiltern main line. Prior to this, Network Rail engineers had been m...

Campaigners suggest ticket price freeze and extra network funding in ‘alternative budget’

Campaigners suggest ticket price freeze and extra network funding in ‘alternative budget’

31.10.17: The Campaign for Better Transport (CBT) has included a ticket price freeze and increased network development funding in its ‘alternative transport budget. The organisation has offered the government an altered plan for the investment...

Majority of passengers prefer to wait on train than take replacement buses

Majority of passengers prefer to wait on train than take replacement buses

27.10.17: Passengers would rather wait on a train for 40 minutes than be forced to take a replacement bus service, research has found - even if this means a longer journey. Independent watchdog, Transport Focus has updated its 2012 research, ‘P...

Hynes: ‘Untapped opportunity’ for ScotRail Alliance collaboration levels

Hynes: ‘Untapped opportunity’ for ScotRail Alliance collaboration levels

24.10.17: The new boss of ScotRail Alliance is keen to exploit the leftover “untapped opportunity” in the organisation, arguing that there is still “more gas in the tank” in terms of what it can achieve. Speaking to RTM, Alex...

Stirling road bridge closes for Scottish electrification plans

Stirling road bridge closes for Scottish electrification plans

24.10.17: Network Rail have confirmed that the Kerse Road bridge in Stirling will close ahead of wider plans for Scottish electrification. The A905 will close for six months from April until the end of October 2018 while work is implemented to widen...

CP6 cash settlement leaves Scotland £600m short

CP6 cash settlement leaves Scotland £600m short

13.10.17: The Scottish transport minister has accused the UK Treasury of falling £600m short in rail improvement funding after yesterday’s CP6 cash announcement. Scotland is to receive more than £3.6bn for the control period between...

Specialist trains keep Wales moving through autumn

Specialist trains keep Wales moving through autumn

12.10.17: Specialist ‘railhead treatment’ trains are in use across the railway in Wales and the Borders as Network Rail and Arriva Trains Wales step-up their plans for autumn. The railhead treatment trains are designed to use high pressured w...

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Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

17/11/2017Network Rail announces major sell-off of entire commercial portfolio

Network Rail will seek a major cash boost through the sale of its commercial property portfolio in England and Wales, an... more >
Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the ind... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception –... more >

editor's comment

04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... 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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

14/11/2017Looking back over HS1, 10 years on

While the HS2 project continues to gain ground and press ahead with major contracts despite recent staffing controversies, today sees its older, considerably smaller sibling turn 10 years old. HS1, the line running between St Pancras International and the Channel Tunnel, was completed at a total cost of £7.3bn a full 16 years after ... more >
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Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17/11/2017Boosting workforce safety through design automation

David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce t... more >
Rail risk: reality and perception

17/11/2017Rail risk: reality and perception

George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry nee... more >
The new era of station retail

17/11/2017The new era of station retail

Hamish Kiernan, commercial director of retail at Network Rail Property, explains how investment in better retail outlets is transforming the cust... more >
Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17/11/2017Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deplo... more >

rail industry focus

  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major testing benefits the...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee Jones, explains how...
  • 17/10/2017Collaboration is the secret to success

    Collaboration is the best way to deliver better infrastructure asset development and management, says Paul Tweedale, managing director of TenBroeke Company Ltd. Major...
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Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >