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The future of rail surveying

The future of rail surveying

27.02.18: Experts from The Survey Association (TSA) report on the main debates to take away from the organisation’s annual conference, all of which revolved around the future of surveying in the context of a changing industry. Geospatial techno...

Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23.02.18: Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – and its many issues so far, including higher costs and delayed targets, have served to illustrate how...

‘Groundbreaking’ UKRRIN partnership officially launched

‘Groundbreaking’ UKRRIN partnership officially launched

21.02.18: A “groundbreaking” partnership between the rail industry and universities has officially been launched this week. The partnership, the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network (UKRRIN), will see the rail industry and eight universit...

First direct London-Amsterdam service marks ‘exciting new chapter’ for Eurostar

First direct London-Amsterdam service marks ‘exciting new chapter’ for Eurostar

20.02.18: The first ever direct Eurostar service from London to Amsterdam left London St Pancras International today, marking a landmark moment for rail travel between the UK and mainland Europe. A service left at 08.31 this morning, and will take ju...

Long-awaited Hope Valley Line plans given the green light

Long-awaited Hope Valley Line plans given the green light

14.02.18: Plans for a scheme aiming to reduce delays and improve reliability for trains on the congested Sheffield to Manchester route have been given the green light. Transport secretary Chris Grayling has approved the granting of the Transport and...

Eurostar commits to green power by 2030

Eurostar commits to green power by 2030

09.02.18: Eurostar has this week confirmed its commitment to have complete replacements for fossil fuels within the next 12 years. In the company’s ‘Tread Lightly 10-point plan,’ it set out a range of promises which it would be work...

‘Certainty, consistency and clarity’: ORR sets out plans for new ombudsman

‘Certainty, consistency and clarity’: ORR sets out plans for new ombudsman

08.02.18: The Office of Road and Rail (ORR) has tabled plans dictating that all rail companies will have to sign-up to a new ombudsman developed by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Currently in the consultation period of development, the new body would...

UK Gov should take tips from French when it comes to picking rail projects

UK Gov should take tips from French when it comes to picking rail projects

07.02.18: Britain should learn from France when it comes to choosing important rail projects, a think tank has claimed. A report published by the Institute for Government (IfG), has suggested that whilst some projects, such as Crossrail, are hugely impre...

Keeping Britain's railway on track

Keeping Britain's railway on track

06.02.18: Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundamental to the economic success of the nation. In our industry, attention is often focused on pas...

The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06.02.18: Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme, writes Tim Flower, its professional head of maintenance. Network Rail has recognised the oppo...

Project Aura: Changing the game

Project Aura: Changing the game

02.02.18: Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisation by harnessing immersive technology to prepare for Digital Railway and the Azuma fleet. When w...

‘Much more to do’ as only a third of commuters happy with rail value for money

‘Much more to do’ as only a third of commuters happy with rail value for money

30.01.18: Less than half of total passengers travelling on the railway feel services offer value for money, while this number drops to just a third for commuters. The news comes from the release of today’s National Rail Passenger Survey (NRPS)...

A transformation for the Midlands

A transformation for the Midlands

30.01.18: Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect, outlines how the region has the potential to become a world leader if the industry and government play their cards right. In the 2017 Budget, the government announced billions of pounds of de...

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

There is still much more to do: avoiding the boom and bust in CP6

30.01.18: Reflecting on the triumphs of the past year, Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses what the government needs to do to ensure the rail industry avoids a potential ‘boom and bust’ scenario w...

CrossCountry: A more personal touch for passengers

CrossCountry: A more personal touch for passengers

26.01.18: Andy Cooper, managing director of CrossCountry, reveals more about a new interactive app poised to transform how passengers travel by rail. Luggage has been a challenge for Britain’s railways ever since someone decided to put wheels o...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ li... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported fai... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks betw... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >