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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...

‘Essential’ Brighton Main Line upgrade to kick off in October 2018

‘Essential’ Brighton Main Line upgrade to kick off in October 2018

11.01.18: Major improvement works to the Brighton Main Line will be delivered towards the end of 2018 and early 2019, it was announced today. The upgrade to the southern end of the line is part of a £300m programme to tackle delays for commuter...

Dudley council looking to develop £25m ‘very light rail’ innovation hub

Dudley council looking to develop £25m ‘very light rail’ innovation hub

08.01.18: Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council have put forward a planning application on proposals to build a £25m ‘very light rail’ innovation hub. The facility will be aimed at the development of new very light rail technology as...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 tr... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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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 >