Rail service improvements and disruptions

Wirral Loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

Wirral Loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

21.09.17: Wayne Menzies, head of rail for Merseytravel and chair of the Liverpool City Region’s Major Events Transport Board, discusses the recently completed Wirral Loop replacement work. January 2017 saw the start of what promised to be one o...

Pushing forward with East West Rail plans

Pushing forward with East West Rail plans

21.09.17: Andy Free, head of engineering assurance at East West Rail (EWR) Alliance, discusses the recent round two public consultation on the plans for the EWR Western Section Phase 2 project. Just before RTM went to press, the latest public consult...

Great Western modernisation moves forward as NR completes key upgrade

Great Western modernisation moves forward as NR completes key upgrade

18.09.17: Network Rail has this week reached a key milestone of the Great Western modernisation programme as it completed a key series of upgrades between Bristol Parkway and Swindon. The line reopened on Saturday (16 September) following a long prog...

London businesses endorse calls for ‘Crossrail for the North’

London businesses endorse calls for ‘Crossrail for the North’

15.09.17: London business leaders have this week firmly put their support behind ‘Crossrail for the North’ and said the government should seriously explore the project. A statement from the London Chamber of Commerce and Industry (LCCI) a...

Major delays expected on WCML following blaze

Major delays expected on WCML following blaze

15.09.17: Services between Watford Junction and London Euston have been halted this morning after a huge fire broke out near the line in the early hours of Friday morning. The fire broke out at a timber yard and commercial property at Chantry Place...

West Midlands approves £3.4bn decade-long rail investment plan

West Midlands approves £3.4bn decade-long rail investment plan

11.09.17: Members of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) have now formally stamped the 2026 Delivery Plan for Transport that will see £3.4bn invested into tram extensions, suburban rail lines and new stations over the next decade, as well as...

TfGM to fight corner for full TransPennine electrification

TfGM to fight corner for full TransPennine electrification

08.09.17: Full electrification of the TransPennine route must continue to be considered alongside any alternatives, Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has argued, insisting that the use of bi-mode engine technology is “relatively unproven&rdquo...

Celebrating 150 years of engineering excellence

Celebrating 150 years of engineering excellence

07.09.17: As Stannah celebrates a very special anniversary, Peter Perry, managing director of Stannah Lift Services, writes about the company’s history and why it is particularly proud to be increasingly associated with the rail network. This y...

Trains running again between Bolton and Manchester after bridge collapse

Trains running again between Bolton and Manchester after bridge collapse

06.09.17: Trains have today started running again between Bolton and Manchester after services had been suspended on the line for a number of weeks. Initially, the line was closed during a Network Rail possession to improve the route ahead of electri...

Hammond must show ‘colour of his money’ to northern rail at Tory conference

Hammond must show ‘colour of his money’ to northern rail at Tory conference

05.09.17: Northern leaders have expressed disappointment at the lack of transport assurances given during the chancellor’s visit to the region yesterday, and called on him to capitalise on the upcoming Conservative Party conference in Manchester and...

Rail Live: A unique industry conference

Rail Live: A unique industry conference

04.09.17: Colin Flack, chairman of the Rail Alliance, talks to RTM about this year’s edition of Rail Live and future ambitions. As readers will remember from the June/July issue, RTM sent our very own reporter Josh Mines down to Long Marston to...

Time to embrace Scandinavian approach to transport, says UTG

Time to embrace Scandinavian approach to transport, says UTG

31.08.17: Devolved bodies in the UK have a lot to learn from transport authorities across Scandinavia when it comes to ticket pricing, suburban rail services and electrification, a new report has argued. In its latest publication, the Urban Tran...

Thinking down the line

Thinking down the line

28.08.17: East Midlands Derby-based Tidyco (UK) Ltd, a supplier of hydraulic and pneumatic products to the rail industry for over 40 years, discusses the importance that SMEs play within the wider industry and how best to address the needs of OEMs and ong...

Electrification ‘very unlikely’ to come back into EWR scheme

Electrification ‘very unlikely’ to come back into EWR scheme

25.08.17: Plans to electrify the East West Rail (EWR) link between Oxford and Cambridge are “very unlikely” to come back into the scheme after the DfT instructed Network Rail to remove electrification from the scope of the Western Section, RTM...

Northern leaders meet in Leeds to demand fair transport cash settlement

Northern leaders meet in Leeds to demand fair transport cash settlement

23.08.17: Leaders in the north are today joining together at a transport summit in Leeds to once again call for better transport investment. The summit, opened today by Leeds City Council leader Cllr Judith Blake, is being attended by Greater Manches...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and US... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region&... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key r... 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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

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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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: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

rail industry focus

  • 22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

    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 >