Rail service improvements and disruptions

‘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...

The data-driven railway

The data-driven railway

26.01.18: Martin Vallance, Network Rail’s decision support tool (DST) workstream lead, reveals how a new digital track tool is set to reduce temporary speed restrictions (TSRs) across Britain’s railway. Imposing a TSR on the rail network...

Ordsall Chord: Setting the benchmark

Ordsall Chord: Setting the benchmark

26.01.18: Mike Heywood, project director for Network Rail and Ordsall Chord alliance manager, reflects on the fantastic success of the innovative scheme, which now proudly sits at the heart of Manchester as an iconic addition to the city’s transport...

Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23.01.18: RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and what lessons the industry can take away from its success. Network Rail’s mammoth £...

TfL installs first ‘iconic’ purple roundels ahead of historic Elizabeth Line opening

TfL installs first ‘iconic’ purple roundels ahead of historic Elizabeth Line opening

22.01.18: The design of the new Elizabeth line roundels has been revealed as TfL begins installing signage ahead of next year’s opening. Tottenham Court Road, Farringdon and the newly reopened Custom House station have all seen the first of the...

NR to upgrade bridge to strengthen services in £1m scheme

NR to upgrade bridge to strengthen services in £1m scheme

18.01.18: Network Rail will strengthen a six-span railway bridge between Ely and Littleport in February to safeguard the reliable running of services in the future. The work will enable smooth running of the railway by preventing future speed restric...

TfN reveals Northern Powerhouse Rail plans in £70bn strategy

TfN reveals Northern Powerhouse Rail plans in £70bn strategy

16.01.18: Transport for the North (TfN) has published its long-awaited Strategic Transport Plan which includes plans for Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR), a network connecting the north’s six biggest cities. Stretching from Liverpool to Hull, the...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and US... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region&... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key r... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

rail industry focus

  • 22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

    ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as...
  • 05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

    Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to...
  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro network. The expansion of...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >