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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...

ORR report into May timetable chaos to be published later this month

ORR report into May timetable chaos to be published later this month

05.09.18: The much-awaited report led by Office of Rail and Road (ORR) chair Professor Stephen Glaister into the May timetable disruption will be released on 20 September. Prof Glaister was chosen by Chris Grayling to lead the inquiry into the introd...

The benefits of aluminium honeycomb to the rail industry

The benefits of aluminium honeycomb to the rail industry

03.09.18: Gillian Haverson, senior marketing executive at Corex Honeycomb, explains how the company’s innovative aluminium honeycomb material is supporting several large-scale rail projects in the UK. Corex Honeycomb has been a trusted manufact...

Network Rail: We have been listening

Network Rail: We have been listening

30.08.18: Network Rail has heard you – and now, it is easier to work with. Mona Sihota, the organisation’s national professional head of asset protection and optimisation (ASPRO), a brand-new role within the company, talks about what’s i...

NR and Southeastern apologise for trains stranded in freezing weather, outline major action plan

NR and Southeastern apologise for trains stranded in freezing weather, outline major action plan

24.08.18: Network Rail and Southeastern have unveiled an action plan on how they plan to respond to major incidents after an independent investigation identified a series of problems with how the two organisations deal with this issue. The investigat...

Hitachi grows production capacity with new £5m building in Newton Aycliffe

Hitachi grows production capacity with new £5m building in Newton Aycliffe

24.08.18: Hitachi’s manufacturing capacity in the UK has further expanded as the Japanese giant opened a new £5m building at its Newton Aycliffe factory, taking total investment in the site to over £100m. The building, named ‘...

Hitachi: Bringing digital to life at InnoTrans

Hitachi: Bringing digital to life at InnoTrans

22.08.18: Rolling stock may steal the spotlight at InnoTrans, but with soaring passenger demand and limited infrastructure, there is more to railways than just adding shiny new trains onto already-crowded networks. Nick Hughes, sales director at Hitachi R...

Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

20.08.18: The government is inviting companies to take part in a new 5G project on the TransPennine Railway line between Leeds and Manchester. The Trans Pennine Initiative (TPI), part of the government’s Northern Powerhouse plans, aims to test...

New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

New access to York station as part of major brownfield redevelopment plans

14.08.18: New plans including a new access point to York station and the expansion of the National Railway Museum headline groundbreaking proposals of creating 6,500 jobs in the city. A collaborative partnership between Homes England, Network Rail, Y...

Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13.08.18: Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. Greater Manchester mayor Andy Burnham and Liverpool City Region mayor Steve Rotheram wrote to trans...

Rail industry to cut the jargon on confusing train tickets

Rail industry to cut the jargon on confusing train tickets

10.08.18: Passengers will soon be reading clear and concise information on their train tickets as part of the industry’s drive to cut rail jargon. Following findings from KPMG that a fifth (22%) of people don’t think it is easy to underst...

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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 >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs t... 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 >