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SWT completes £65m roll-out of extra 108 carriages

SWT completes £65m roll-out of extra 108 carriages

22.06.16: South West Trains has completed the £65m roll-out of 108 additional carriages, allowing capacity for 23,000 new passengers on its services. The Class 456 and Class 458/5 carriages will be added to 34 morning services and 43 evening se...

Making the case for the HS2 double decker

Making the case for the HS2 double decker

22.06.16: Henrik Anderberg, acting managing director at Alstom UK & Ireland, tells RTM why his company’s double deck train can offer the best rolling stock solution for HS2. It’s an exciting time for the UK rail industry and for passe...

Class 700: the future of commuting in the capital

Class 700: the future of commuting in the capital

21.06.16: How can we meet the need for more trains with greater capacity while also ensuring a better experience for commuters? That’s the question Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) seeks to answer with its new Class 700 Desiro City train. RTM’s...

Improving DLR asset reliability with innovative monitoring

Improving DLR asset reliability with innovative monitoring

20.06.16: An innovative wireless condition monitoring project is helping KeolisAmey Docklands (KAD) get the earliest possible alerts to bearing failures, improving safety across the fleet. Justin Southcombe, commercial director of Perpetuum, explains. ...

Over 60% of rolling stock now accessible for disabled passengers

Over 60% of rolling stock now accessible for disabled passengers

31.05.16: Over 60% of British rolling stock has been built or refurbished to be accessible to disabled passengers, according to an annual DfT report. The report says that 6,275 heavy rail vehicles (49% of the national fleet) and almost 2,100 non-heav...

Perry confirms new GWML Class 801s will be bi-mode

Perry confirms new GWML Class 801s will be bi-mode

27.05.16: The new Class 801 units being introduced to the Great Western Main Line (GWML) will be converted to bi-mode operation, the Department for Transport (DfT) has confirmed. In response to a written question from Ben Howlett MP, Claire Perry, th...

GTR unveils new Class 700 passenger train

GTR unveils new Class 700 passenger train

25.05.16: A new fleet of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) trains designed to meet growing passenger demand was showcased at Blackfriars station yesterday. Members of the rail industry and press, including RTM, were allowed to ride the Siemens Class 700...

TPE completes new fleet procurement with 25 CAF trains

TPE completes new fleet procurement with 25 CAF trains

23.05.16: TransPennine Express (TPE) has followed in the footsteps of Arriva and ordered 25 five-carriage trains from Spanish manufacturer CAF, adding to the operator’s existing deal for a 19-train Hitachi fleet. Following a procurement process...

Franchises must put passenger comfort at the heart of rolling stock – Perry

Franchises must put passenger comfort at the heart of rolling stock – Perry

18.05.16: Rail franchises will be required to modernise their rolling stock in order to improve passenger comfort, the DfT has said in its new rolling stock perspective. The government will require bidders on new franchises such as West Midlands Rail...

Alstom to install ETCS on Grand Central Class 180

Alstom to install ETCS on Grand Central Class 180

13.05.16: Angel Trains have signed a contract for Alstom to design and install the Atlas 200 European Train Control System (ETCS) on an East Coast Main Line (ECML) Class 180 train. If the installation goes well, the ETCS will be installed on all 14 C...

Alstom complete entire Virgin Pendolino fleet overhaul

Alstom complete entire Virgin Pendolino fleet overhaul

03.05.16: The entire Virgin Pendolino fleet in the UK has undergone an overhaul in record time at a new Alstom facility. Alstom built the bogie overhaul facility at the Longsight depot in Manchester to carry out the work, allowing them to overhaul an...

Alstom’s ‘star trek’ scanner that transformed virgin fleet maintenance

Alstom’s ‘star trek’ scanner that transformed virgin fleet maintenance

28.04.16: A new laser scanner, developed by Alstom, has the potential to transform rolling stock fleet management by detecting maintenance problems in trains automatically. Rosemary Collins reports. Alstom’s Barcelona research and development t...

First rail milling train in UK to be used in Crossrail maintenance

First rail milling train in UK to be used in Crossrail maintenance

28.04.16: The first rail milling train in the UK will be used to support Crossrail developments after Linsinger won a £12m contract. The model MG31 train will be delivered in spring 2018 and will be located at the Plumstead infrastructure maint...

Class 144e: A case of evolution and collaboration

Class 144e: A case of evolution and collaboration

28.04.16: Helen Simpson and Chandra Morbey, engineering and supplier development managers at Porterbrook, explain how close collaboration with the supply chain can help deliver prototypes impressively fast and with greater freedom for all parties involved...

Keeping the future in mind

Keeping the future in mind

27.04.16: Adrian Shooter, chair of Vivarail and former chair of Chiltern Railways, discusses the possibilities of using the bespoke Class 230, a refurbished and re-engineered model of London Underground’s District Line stock, in upcoming franchises....

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First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

23/02/2018First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

After a period of radio silence, Vivarail has announced that its long-awaited battery D-Train is in its final build stage and will be in passenger ... more >
Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

23/02/2018Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

Transport for the North (TfN) has announced the appointment of its new Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) director. Tim Wood has already successfull... more >
Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23/02/2018Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – an... 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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

rail industry focus

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    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
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    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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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 >