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National rail journey growth slows as GTR serves 6 million fewer passengers

National rail journey growth slows as GTR serves 6 million fewer passengers

25.05.17: Passenger journeys nationally last year saw its lowest year-on-year growth since 2009-10, as journeys only increased by 0.8%, according to new data. In figures released today by the ORR on passenger journeys, it was also found that despite...

RMT calls off strike action following Manchester attack

RMT calls off strike action following Manchester attack

24.05.17: The RMT has announced that it will not go ahead with a 24-hour strike on Tuesday 30 May following the terror attack in Manchester. The union was due to walk out on Merseyrail, Northern and Southern next week over the proposed changes by the...

EGIP electrification delayed again due to ‘safety critical’ problem

EGIP electrification delayed again due to ‘safety critical’ problem

22.05.17: Electrification work on the Edinburgh-Glasgow rail line that aims to speed up journeys on the Scottish network has been further delayed, it has been revealed. Speaking at the Scottish Parliament last week, transport minister Humza Yousaf to...

WW2 bomb closes Birmingham New Street-Lichfield line for second day

WW2 bomb closes Birmingham New Street-Lichfield line for second day

16.05.17: An unexploded World War II bomb has caused chaos on the line between Birmingham New Street and Lichfield Trent Valley as services will not run on the tracks for a second day. The bomb was found at Witton, close to Erdington and Aston Villa...

Rail Technical Strategy requires scale and ambition ‘never seen before’

Rail Technical Strategy requires scale and ambition ‘never seen before’

15.05.17: The Rail Technical Strategy (RTS) is of a scale and ambition that the industry has not seen before, but ultimately is not a massive ask and still doesn’t compare to other sectors, such as aerospace and automotive, in terms of the funding r...

Passengers report overcrowded, late and dirty trains in survey

Passengers report overcrowded, late and dirty trains in survey

12.05.17: Over half of passengers (53%) could not get a seat on a train due to overcrowding at least once during the last six months, a Which? survey has today stated. The survey asked passengers about their experiences with train delays and overcrow...

Limited cash means EWR-style alliance models ‘have to work’

Limited cash means EWR-style alliance models ‘have to work’

11.05.17: There is no doubt that delivering projects using deep alliances between contractors and suppliers, similar to what will be trialled with East West Rail, produces better results, rail bosses have resoundingly argued. Chris Curtis, head of Cr...

Powering the Midlands Engine

Powering the Midlands Engine

11.05.17: Maria Machancoses, programme director at Midlands Connect, explains how the rail network will play a pivotal role in delivering a successful 25-year plan for the Midlands and the UK. Following 18 months of detailed, evidenced-based work and...

Railtex 2017 opens its doors in heart of Midlands Engine

Railtex 2017 opens its doors in heart of Midlands Engine

09.05.17: The thirteenth edition of the UK’s leading exhibition of railway technology, products and services, Railtex, has opened its doors today at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. Leading figures from over 470 of the rail industr...

London Bridge: nearing the final phase

London Bridge: nearing the final phase

08.05.17: Mark Somers, project director of the Thameslink Programme, gives RTM’s Josh Mines an update on the work at London Bridge station, including construction completed over the Easter weekend and how the programme is nearing its final stage. ...

Council admits Portishead Line reopening running £600k over budget

Council admits Portishead Line reopening running £600k over budget

04.05.17: North Somerset Council has this week told passengers that extra funding has been agreed to complete works on the Portishead Line as costs for the much-anticipated project have spiralled up. In a statement released this week, it was confirme...

Suppliers set out plan to drive ‘renaissance’ in rail manufacturing

Suppliers set out plan to drive ‘renaissance’ in rail manufacturing

02.05.17: The government’s new Industrial Strategy should be seen as an opportunity to herald a “renaissance” in rail manufacturing and drive the creation of 40,000 new jobs in the supply chain, two major rail organisations have stated. ...

Transport Focus releases updates on future research

Transport Focus releases updates on future research

28.04.17: Transport Focus has today released its Transport User Voice document, which includes updates for passengers on the organisation’s work to improve services for customers. It includes information about passengers’ demands and prio...

New WMCA £3.4bn ‘transport blueprint’ includes new lines and stations

New WMCA £3.4bn ‘transport blueprint’ includes new lines and stations

28.04.17: The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) has today opened a consultation to gauge the views of the public on plans to transform transport set out in its draft 2026 Draft Delivery Plan worth £3.4bn. New suburban rail lines and tram...

WYCA receives £173m boost to develop local rail improvements

WYCA receives £173m boost to develop local rail improvements

27.04.17: Leeds city-region has been handed a £173.5m funding package from the government to go towards drawing up proposals for future rail developments amongst other transport improvements for the region. It is hoped that the money will lead...

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Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

26/05/2017Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

For the first time in rail history, specialist firearms officers will patrol trains across the UK network to ensure that... more >
Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

26/05/2017Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

The RMT has this week vowed to fight “vigorously” against planned cuts to renewals work for Network Rail (NR... more >
New Merseyrail fleet a platform for future innovations

26/05/2017New Merseyrail fleet a platform for future innovations

David Powell, programme director of rolling stock at Merseytravel, talks about the procurement of the new fleet of metro... more >

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08/05/2017All set for Railtex

As the rail industry prepares for the biggest UK rail show of the year, Railtex 2017, we have produced a specially expanded edition of RTM for you.  Our exclusive show guide, which starts on page 67, provides you with everything you need to know about the things to see, hear and do at the three-day show. A look through our preview pages will give you a good idea of which stands to visit, as well as meetings to set up.  Th... read more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future of rail infrastructure

Collaborative working is the key to the future of rail infrastructure

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The launch of BS 11000 in 2010 heralded a s... more > more last word articles >

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Opinion poll: HS3 must take priority over Crossrail 2

19/05/2017Opinion poll: HS3 must take priority over Crossrail 2

Fresh from their victories in the metro mayor elections earlier this month, new leaders of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram were quick to make transport a top priority for their cities last week. In a post on Twitter, both called on the government to prioritise plans for an HS3 link connecting t... more >
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Upskilling our workforce: how we need to think

19/05/2017Upskilling our workforce: how we need to think

Simon Rennie (pictured centre), general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, on the importance of upskilling the current workforce ... more >
Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

17/05/2017Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

Boaz Yariv, senior architect, and Dr Elizabeth de Mello, senior ergonomics specialist at Network Rail, present the main features of the new inclu... more >
Small stations: simple changes for quick wins

17/05/2017Small stations: simple changes for quick wins

Richard Freeston-Clough of London TravelWatch explains how investing in small stations in the capital can deliver many benefits and also have a p... more >
Why are S&C layouts failing?

17/05/2017Why are S&C layouts failing?

Dr Sin Sin Hsu, programme engineering manager IP Track Development at Network Rail, analyses why switch and crossing (S&C) layouts fail prema... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >