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Council voices several ‘critical’ objections to East West Rail Phase 2 plans

Council voices several ‘critical’ objections to East West Rail Phase 2 plans

22.11.18: A county council has expressed a number of issues deemed “unacceptable” and “critical” relating to Network Rail’s application for a Transport and Works Act Order (TWAO) to build East West Rail (EWR) Phase 2 –...

Transport spending in London double that of the north since launch of Northern Powerhouse

Transport spending in London double that of the north since launch of Northern Powerhouse

21.11.18: Government spending on transport in London has risen to twice as much per person compared to the north since the launch of the Northern Powerhouse, new analysis has found. Statistics analysed by influential think tank IPPR North found that...

Clapham Junction disaster lessons are ‘fading’ from rail sector following London Waterloo collision last year

Clapham Junction disaster lessons are ‘fading’ from rail sector following London Waterloo collision last year

19.11.18: Errors made during the derailment of a London Waterloo train last year showed lessons learned from the 1988 Clapham Junction disaster were “fading” from the rail industry, the rail accident investigator has found. The collision...

Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

Wales and Borders rail to receive £2bn government funding

19.11.18: Network Rail Wales and Borders has announced £2bn in government funding to be spent on a project to maintain and renew the Wales and Border railway routes. The funding represents a 28% funding increase compared to the last five-year f...

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

HS2 kicks off bid race to build Birmingham’s Curzon Street station

19.11.18: HS2 has announced the start of its search for contractors to build its new £435m Curzon Street station. Around four contractors will be shortlisted for the design and build deal ahead of the arrival of HS2 in Birmingham in 2026. ...

A transport network ‘on its knees’ is slowly catching up in the north, says Grayling

A transport network ‘on its knees’ is slowly catching up in the north, says Grayling

16.11.18: Chris Grayling has said that rail in the north is playing catch-up from “decades of economic neglect” and that whilst improvements in May did not work the way it should have, he will deliver “the transport system the north dese...

Rail minister launches strategy for grassroots community rail projects

Rail minister launches strategy for grassroots community rail projects

16.11.18: Rail minister Andrew Jones has urged train operators to commit resources into new and existing community rail projects as he launched the 2018 Community Rail Strategy. Jones, who returned to the role of transport minister on Tuesday followi...

Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13.11.18: Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, new analysis shows. In a report by the TUC today, rail commuters face the longest journeys, taking an average of two hours...

GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13.11.18: FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned about the profitability of its rail franchises. Gregory has been the interim chief operating officer at the bus and rail pro...

Data-driven rail

Data-driven rail

13.11.18: Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration with Porterbrook to deliver data-driven railways. The march of progress has an unequal tempo acros...

Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13.11.18: Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail sector. The secretary of state announced in September his intention to launch a review of the ra...

Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09.11.18: Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is why the introduction of Negative Short-Circuiting Devices (NSCDs) to make isolations safer and faster...

Khan denies ‘deliberately misleading’ London Assembly over Crossrail delay

Khan denies ‘deliberately misleading’ London Assembly over Crossrail delay

09.11.18: The London mayor has responded defending himself from claims that he and London transport bosses “misled” the London Assembly Transport Committee who “identified grave discrepancies” in evidence given to its investigation...

Coventry Station’s £82m masterplan up for approval

Coventry Station’s £82m masterplan up for approval

08.11.18: An £82m masterplan for Coventry’s train station has been recommended for approval by the city council. The proposals include the construction of a new station building, providing a second entrance at the western end of the stati...

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

Worried council prepares official response to ‘crackpot’ HS2 plans

07.11.18: HS2 has been slammed as a “crackpot idea” which won’t benefit local residents by councillors in Northwich as they prepare to submit an official response to the project’s consultation. Members of Northwich Town Counci...

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Northern calls for formal ACAS inquiry over bitter RMT dispute

19/12/2018Northern calls for formal ACAS inquiry over bitter RMT dispute

Northern Rail has formally written to ACAS seeking an independent inquiry into its ongoing dispute with the RMT, with th... more >
Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of tra... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west tru... 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 >