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RSSB issues guidance to reduce broken-down train disruptions

RSSB issues guidance to reduce broken-down train disruptions

27.04.17: New industry guidance has been issued by the RSSB to reduce the amount of disruption that is caused by broken-down trains on the UK rail network, a move the body claims could lead to savings of up to £2.5m a year for the sector. In a...

RMT slams ‘crazy’ First MTR decision to drop new £200m SWT trains

RMT slams ‘crazy’ First MTR decision to drop new £200m SWT trains

31.03.17: First MTR is reported to be abandoning £200m worth of carriages that are being built in Germany – a decision that union RMT has described “crazy” as it called on the government to undertake an investigation into the decis...

Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

27.03.17: Southern’s Class 377 fleet has been given a major upgrade to make it more resilient to frost and snowy weather this winter. Engineers have finished work upgrading the 1.5-tonne line inductors that sit beneath the 377s, which smooth ou...

Getting fire testing standards right

Getting fire testing standards right

23.03.17: Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, and how a new seat fire test standard has been drafted. Fires on-board trains are thankfully rar...

Stadler awards £20m contract to BAM Nuttall for Kirkdale depot

Stadler awards £20m contract to BAM Nuttall for Kirkdale depot

21.03.17: Swiss manufacturer Stadler has today struck a £20m deal with BAM Nuttall to construct a brand-new train depot in Kirkdale, as well as refurbishing an existing depot in Birkenhead North to bring it up to modern standards.  The ann...

The importance of slipstream safety

The importance of slipstream safety

16.03.17: Simon Lomax, inspector at the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), discusses the importance of communicating sufficient slipstream safety information at stations following last year’s accident at Twyford. Readers will probably h...

The future of rolling stock engineering

The future of rolling stock engineering

16.03.17: Perpetuum’s Justin Southcombe explains why filling the skills gap that exists in the rail industry must be addressed, especially when it comes to remote condition (RCM) technology. These are exciting times for the rail industry. Vast...

Faster, longer, greener trains for passengers in Scotland

Faster, longer, greener trains for passengers in Scotland

16.03.17: ScotRail Alliance’s programmes and transformation director, Ian McConnell, gives RTM an update on its transformational Class 385 fleet, which will be introduced into passenger service from this autumn. Scotland’s railway carries...

The almost forgotten cascade

The almost forgotten cascade

14.03.17: After taking on the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern (TSGN) rail franchise, it is fair to say that Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) has faced some bad press, especially with regards to the introduction of driver-only operation on Southern....

Using virtual reality to improve safety

Using virtual reality to improve safety

14.03.17: Matthew Long, driver trainer and VR project manager at Arriva Trains Wales, discusses how the industry’s first-ever virtual reality (VR) simulator for platform train interface (PTI) training has developed and what this could mean for custo...

Pace of building electric and bi-mode trains to slow down in CP6 due to sluggish electrification

Pace of building electric and bi-mode trains to slow down in CP6 due to sluggish electrification

13.03.17: The pace of building of electric and bi-mode trains for the UK’s rail network is smaller than expected due to Network Rail’s electrification of the railway being “slower than anticipated”, the Rail Delivery Group’s...

First bodyshell completed by CAF for new TPE fleet

First bodyshell completed by CAF for new TPE fleet

10.03.17: Pictures of the first bodyshell for new rolling stock to be used by TransPennine Express (TPE) have been unveiled as the operator looks to introduce 13 five-car Mark 5A Coaches – being built by Spanish company CAF – as part of its br...

Where next for the D-Train?

Where next for the D-Train?

09.03.17: Adrian Shooter, chair of Vivarail and former chair of Chiltern Railways, discusses the future of the company’s Class 230, after the recent fire incident during testing at Christmas. It wasn’t ideal. On one of the last test runs...

Greater Anglia’s first refurbished Class 170 to re-enter service

Greater Anglia’s first refurbished Class 170 to re-enter service

07.03.17: The first of Greater Anglia’s (GA) refurbished Class 170 trains is to re-enter passenger service in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire. Arriva Traincare undertook the upgrade project at its Crewe facility under contract to Porterbroo...

Eversholt awards £6m Class 320 upgrade contract to KBRS

Eversholt awards £6m Class 320 upgrade contract to KBRS

06.03.17: Eversholt Rail has awarded the £6m contract for the upgrade of its 22-strong fleet of Class 320 trains to Knorr-Bremse RailsServices (KBRS) in another step to improve rolling stock on ScotRail services. The upgrade, to be carried out...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >