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Thameslink certain that infrastructure will finish on time despite project delays

Thameslink certain that infrastructure will finish on time despite project delays

05.12.17: The director behind the Thameslink Programme has today defended the project and reassured passengers that the infrastructure will be completed to schedule, despite the roll-out of other parts of the project being delayed. In an exclusive in...

Grayling shakes up franchising and plans to overturn Beeching cuts

Grayling shakes up franchising and plans to overturn Beeching cuts

29.11.17: A new franchising model will be brought in, some old routes may be reopened, and more details have been revealed on the break-up of GTR and Great Western as part of the government’s ‘Strategic Vision for Rail,’ released today. ...

The change journey of Edinburgh Waverley

The change journey of Edinburgh Waverley

24.11.17: As part of crucial plans to run longer, faster and greener trains in Scotland, Edinburgh Waverley has entered the latest phase of its station transformation journey, says Nick King from Network Rail. As part of Network Rail’s Railway...

Battered stretch of West Coast main line gets £4m repairs after landslide

Battered stretch of West Coast main line gets £4m repairs after landslide

23.11.17: Network Rail have completed £4m worth of work to stabilise embankments after a stretch of line between Watford and King’s Langley suffered from a major landslide last year. Services on the West Coast main line into Euston will b...

Chancellor accepts East West Rail targets and strengthens plans with extra cash

Chancellor accepts East West Rail targets and strengthens plans with extra cash

22.11.17: Chancellor Philip Hammond has confirmed the government’s commitment to completing the western section of East West Rail by 2024 and will commit new money to developing proposals for new stations, services and routes across the region. ...

GTR unveils Thameslink improvements but pushes back 24 TPH promise

GTR unveils Thameslink improvements but pushes back 24 TPH promise

21.11.17: GTR expects to have introduced 70% of additional services as part of the £7bn Thameslink Programme by May 2018. Focusing on south east services, the work is expected to increase capacity into London by up to 40,000 passengers in each...

Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

Digital connectivity fit for the 2020s

17.11.17: Raj Sivalingam, executive director for telecommunications and spectrum at techUK, makes the case for pan-industry collaboration in order to deploy the countless benefits of strong digital connectivity across the rail network. The UK is a su...

RSSB launches competition to boost railway’s operational performance

RSSB launches competition to boost railway’s operational performance

15.11.17: The Train Operator Competition 2017 (TOC17) has been launched today which looks to find innovative solutions to improving the performance of the railway. The £3.25m competition, launched by the RSSB, is designed to encourage greater colla...

GWR continues infrastructure project with new timetable planned

GWR continues infrastructure project with new timetable planned

09.11.17: The next phase of the project to build and improve infrastructure along the Great Western main line is set to begin. Upcoming work will focus on delivering upgrades to high-speed routes from Paddington to Newbury, Oxford, Bristol, South Wal...

UK Governments continue with plans for three-hour London to Scotland journeys

UK Governments continue with plans for three-hour London to Scotland journeys

06.11.17: Plans to reduce train times between Scotland and England have taken a step closer to completion with feasibility studies commissioned on a number of routes. Starting in 2016, the joint project between the UK and Scottish governments origina...

Merseytravel calls on Liverpool council bosses to endorse rail strategy

Merseytravel calls on Liverpool council bosses to endorse rail strategy

03.11.17: Merseytravel has urged the Liverpool City Region to endorse its new updates to the long-term rail strategy. The plans, presented to the authority’s transport committee yesterday, have been edited to consider changes in the industry si...

Where next for a rail investment plan in the north?

Where next for a rail investment plan in the north?

02.11.17: Lord Tony Berkeley, chair of the Rail Freight Group, analyses the potential impact of major government announcements regarding pan-north electrification and CP6 funding. In the last few months we have been subjected to a barrage of minister...

Bristol modernisation work to restart in November with overhead line upgrade

Bristol modernisation work to restart in November with overhead line upgrade

02.11.17: Modernisation work in Bristol will continue in November with Network Rail planning electrification and platform improvements. Overhead lines will be installed to continue the planned electrification on the route between London Paddington an...

EGIP into final testing phase as first full Edinburgh to Glasgow journey completed

EGIP into final testing phase as first full Edinburgh to Glasgow journey completed

01.11.17: The ScotRail Alliance successfully tested its first Class 385 on the full journey between Edinburgh Waverley and Glasgow Queen Street in the early hours of this morning. The journey builds on the previous test between Edinburgh and Linlithg...

NR stabilises Chiltern main line with innovative Japanese piling method

NR stabilises Chiltern main line with innovative Japanese piling method

01.11.17: Network Rail has stabilised a railway using an innovative piling method from Japan. The technique has been used to stabilise half a mile of subsiding embankment beneath the Chiltern main line. Prior to this, Network Rail engineers had been m...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic... 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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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
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 industry focus

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    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 >