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DfT refuses to revisit scrapped electrification: ‘We will remain agnostic on solutions’

DfT refuses to revisit scrapped electrification: ‘We will remain agnostic on solutions’

19.09.18: Lilian Greenwood, chair of the Transport Committee, has urged Chris Grayling to take her work seriously after receiving what she considered to be a thoroughly disappointing response from the government to an in-depth infrastructure investigation...

Rail delays hit 12-year high after timetable delays and severe weather

Rail delays hit 12-year high after timetable delays and severe weather

18.09.18: Severe weather and the introductions of new timetables have led to the worst punctuality on British railways in 12 years, new figures from the ORR show. One in seven trains missed the industry measure of punctuality in the 12 months to Augu...

Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18.09.18: Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalance the UK economy, and also make sure the north can take full advantage of the opportunities HS2 wil...

Innovation through people and technology

Innovation through people and technology

18.09.18: 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 the regulator’s most recent annual health and safety report. In the ORR’s most rec...

The cost that counts is the price of doing nothing

The cost that counts is the price of doing nothing

18.09.18: When it comes to investing in connectivity in the Midlands, what matters most is not whether we can afford to finance our ambitions but whether we can afford not to, writes Maria Machancoses, director of Midlands Connect. At the start of Ju...

Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

Towards railway-specific, bearer-independent communication

17.09.18: Freelance transport journalist Lesley Brown looks towards railway-specific, bearer independent communication.  Today, GSM-R is a well-established technology for carrying voice and data for operations across most railway netwo...

TransPennine upgrade works will shut down route for almost five years

TransPennine upgrade works will shut down route for almost five years

13.09.18: To achieve the improvements envisaged through the TransPennine upgrade, Network Rail will have to close some part of the route for up to a whopping 39 weeks per year for five years – in other words, closures of almost 50 months in total th...

UTG: New deal on urban rail funding and devolution needed

UTG: New deal on urban rail funding and devolution needed

13.09.18: The Urban Transport Group (UTG) has warned a new deal on funding and devolution of rail services is needed to keep UK cities moving forward. A report by the group, released today, claims that rail investment is not keeping pace with the nee...

Hitachi MD on slowed ECML progress: ‘These are teething problems that will be solved’

Hitachi MD on slowed ECML progress: ‘These are teething problems that will be solved’

12.09.18: The managing director of Hitachi Rail Europe has responded to faults in track along the East Coast Main Line (ECML) slowing progress for the roll-out of the Class 800 Azuma trains, arguing that the issues are “teething problems” that...

Network Rail to pilot private financing with several ‘contestable’ renewals schemes

Network Rail to pilot private financing with several ‘contestable’ renewals schemes

12.09.18: Network Rail has published a list of projects for which it is seeking third-party funding as part of plans to open the organisation up to outsiders – including two private financing opportunities and a series of small-scale ‘contesta...

Greater Anglia’s new trains rolled out for testing in Europe

Greater Anglia’s new trains rolled out for testing in Europe

11.09.18: Swiss manufacturer Stadler have started testing their brand-new trains in Europe, moving the delivery of 58 trains for Greater Anglia one step closer. Stadler are carrying out tests at the Velim Test-Centre in the Czech Republic on ‘b...

Digitisation: Confessions of a dinosaur

Digitisation: Confessions of a dinosaur

11.09.18: Digitisation is taking the railways by storm. Are our staff ready to embrace it? Neil Robertson, chief executive of NSAR, talks all things technology. How many times have you heard that the digital revolution is coming? Every day we are exh...

Past, present & future: The rail heritage of Tees Valley

Past, present & future: The rail heritage of Tees Valley

11.09.18: Two centuries ago, the world’s first public railway to use steam locomotives was officially opened at the heart of the north east. Fast-forward to 2018 and the rich transport heritage of the area continues to prosper. Ben Houchen, the Tees...

Track-based 3D scanner accurately models rail network in industry first

Track-based 3D scanner accurately models rail network in industry first

06.09.18: In an industry first, Network Rail Scotland has used a track-based three-dimensional scanner to accurately model the railway infrastructure ahead of the arrival of new trains. With LNER Azumas, Class 365s and Class 385s on the way, as well...

RIA looks to cut membership fees for ‘smaller players’ in supply sector

RIA looks to cut membership fees for ‘smaller players’ in supply sector

05.09.18: The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has announced it will slash membership fees in a bid to encourage sector entrants and “smaller players” to join the body. The new membership cost, which began yesterday, will be half of the...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Pr... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. ... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for... 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 >