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New capability for rail testing in line with new legislation

20.11.08: Beth Dean reviews the new CEN TS 45545-2 reaction to fire requirements document for materials to be used on European railways and the type of tests that will take place in future New European standards driven by technical specifications for...

Railweight weighs into passenger counting for Santiago Metro

20.11.08: Three additional Railweight APC4000 automatic passenger-counting systems are being installed to help South America’s most extensive metro system optimise its service. With seven systems already installed on busy sections of the Metro de Sa...

Ready to roll

20.11.08: The liberalization of European rail transport poses a particular challenge for the railway industry. With increasing competition, especially in the European Union's goods market, railways need "ready to run" transportation systems that meet the...

Rail Door Solutions awarded RISAS certification

20.10.08: Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has announced that Halcrow Group Limited has approved Rail Door Solutions for door maintenance services under the Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS). RISAS is a cross-industry scheme whi...

Liverpool train depot expands to meet growing demand

10.10.08: More train services on the west coast main line and the prospect of longer trains in the near future has prompted Network Rail to invest £15m in brand new facilities at the Traincare Centre in Edge Hill, Liverpool. Work has started on...

Brake testing on the Jubilee Line

16.07.08: The Jubilee Line is a vital transport artery through London carrying over 600,000 people daily. This is a significant increase on passenger numbers a few years ago as demand is rising faster than ever anticipated. Drivers for growth include the...

Firstgroup chooses Quintiq resource optimisation solution

15.07.08: Quintiq, a leading provider of advanced planning and scheduling solutions, has announced that it has won the contract to provide a comprehensive resource optimisation solution to FirstGroup, the world’s leading transport operator. Fol...

Taking the strain for the train

15.07.08: In the first deal of its kind, Network Rail has signed an innovative six year contract with QBE, one of the UK’s largest insurers of business risk. The programme will provide working layer property, business interruption, cross class gener...

Getting to grips with GRIP

14.05.08: Martin Bishop gets to grip with GRIP, the Guide to Railway Investment Projects which describes how Network Rail manages and controls projects that enhance or renew the national rail network I think it is true to say that whereas most peop...

Imaging the subsurface

14.05.08: Reynolds Geo-Sciences Ltd (RGSL) is the leading and largest independent geophysical consultancy in the UK. The team of highly qualified and experienced geophysicists are used to dealing with projects small and large and are currently working on...

Interfleet to open north of the border

14.05.08: Scotland is the next stop for leading international rail consultancy Interfleet, which is due to open its first office in Scotland this month. When the Edinburgh office opens, the city will join an Interfleet office list that includes addre...

TBE Group brings subsurface utility engineering to the UK

TBE Group brings subsurface utility engineering to the UK

14.05.08: With a constantly increasing population density, the UK faces daunting challenges in dealing with unknown or misidentified underground facilities which may cause unexpected delays, repairs and even injuries for any construction project. For this...

Cant Rail Protection System

08.04.08: First Group have taken the initiative of installing the new revolutionary “Cant Rail Protection System” designed and fitted by Executive Security into their Pollock Shields depot with Hornsey and Bedford system being fitted over the...

40 new wagons make steel coil transportation more effective

40 new wagons make steel coil transportation more effective

20.02.08: VTG, the UK's largest private wagon hire company, has commenced delivery of 40 new coil carrier wagons to Europe's second largest steel producer Corus, increasing its fleet of this favoured wagon design to in excess of 100. The wagons, whic...

TCM wins big light rail contract

20.02.08: TCM has been awarded the contract to eradicate invasive species on the new £600m Edinburgh tram network by tie Limited. Edinburgh’s tram network will be delivered in phases although only approval for phase 1a has been obtained s...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the ... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve ... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two compa... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >