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New Merseyrail fleet a platform for future innovations

New Merseyrail fleet a platform for future innovations

26.05.17: David Powell, programme director of rolling stock at Merseytravel, talks about the procurement of the new fleet of metro trains for the Merseyrail network and plans for the future. Back in December 2016, Liverpool city-region leaders made t...

Great Northern completes refurb of Fen Line Class 387s

Great Northern completes refurb of Fen Line Class 387s

23.05.17: Great Northern has now replaced all the trains running between King’s Lynn and Cambridge with more modern, air conditioned carriages. The news comes a day after the new Cambridge North station was opened, which will serve both Great N...

A major production year for the new TransPennine Express fleet

A major production year for the new TransPennine Express fleet

19.05.17: Robin Davis, head of new fleet at TransPennine Express (TPE), talks to RTM about the progress being made on the TOC’s new CAF and Hitachi Rail Europe (HRE) rolling stock. Just over a year ago, FirstGroup took sole control of the TPE f...

RSSB unveils innovative carriage design for passenger and freight use

RSSB unveils innovative carriage design for passenger and freight use

12.05.17: An innovative design has been released by the RSSB that allows seats on passenger services to be stowed away and carriages to be used for freight during off peak hours. For the first time, carriages could be configured to carry passengers a...

Alstom unveils new EMU for UK and launches CLever at Railtex

Alstom unveils new EMU for UK and launches CLever at Railtex

10.05.17: Alstom has unveiled plans to introduce a new regional EMU platform for the UK at this year’s Railtex exhibition, as well as launching its new CLever cantilever for the country’s rail network. Presenting the new EMU design to the...

IET fleet work moves forward at Hitachi's Pistoia plant ahead of UK delivery

IET fleet work moves forward at Hitachi's Pistoia plant ahead of UK delivery

09.05.17: It won’t be long now until the brand-new bi-mode Class 802 trains make their way from Italy to the UK’s south west coast, writes Berry Sas, project director at Hitachi Rail Europe, in an exclusive update for RTM. In the coming y...

Hitachi gets to work on bodyshells for Virgin’s Azuma Class 800s

Hitachi gets to work on bodyshells for Virgin’s Azuma Class 800s

05.05.17: Hitachi has today started work on Virgin Trains’ new fleet of Azuma Class 800s that are due to enter service on the east coast in 2018. Engineers at Hitachi’s factory in Kasado, Japan, have begun building the bodyshells ahead of...

Great Northern unveils refurbished carriages for Fen Line

Great Northern unveils refurbished carriages for Fen Line

02.05.17: Great Northern passengers are set for an improved rail experience after it was today announced that new carriages with air-conditioning and wi-fi will be rolled out across services on the King’s Lynn – Cambridge Fen Line route. ...

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...

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Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

26/05/2017Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

For the first time in rail history, specialist firearms officers will patrol trains across the UK network to ensure that the travelling public ar... more >
Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

26/05/2017Carillion plans job losses as NR renewal cutbacks start to bite

The RMT has this week vowed to fight “vigorously” against planned cuts to renewals work for Network Rail (NR) being carried out by co... more >
New Merseyrail fleet a platform for future innovations

26/05/2017New Merseyrail fleet a platform for future innovations

David Powell, programme director of rolling stock at Merseytravel, talks about the procurement of the new fleet of metro trains for the Merseyrai... more >

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08/05/2017All set for Railtex

As the rail industry prepares for the biggest UK rail show of the year, Railtex 2017, we have produced a specially expanded edition of RTM for you.  Our exclusive show guide, which starts on page 67, provides you with everything you need to know about the things to see, hear and do at the three-day show. A look through our preview pages will give you a good idea of which stands to visit, as well as meetings to set up.  Th... read more >

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Collaborative working is the key to the future of rail infrastructure

Collaborative working is the key to the future of rail infrastructure

David Hawkins, operations director at the Institute for Collaborative Working (ICW), on why ISO 44001 is a new evolution in collaborative working. The launch of BS 11000 in 2010 heralded a s... more > more last word articles >

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Opinion poll: HS3 must take priority over Crossrail 2

19/05/2017Opinion poll: HS3 must take priority over Crossrail 2

Fresh from their victories in the metro mayor elections earlier this month, new leaders of Greater Manchester and Liverpool City Region Andy Burnham and Steve Rotheram were quick to make transport a top priority for their cities last week. In a post on Twitter, both called on the government to prioritise plans for an HS3 link connecting t... more >
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Upskilling our workforce: how we need to think

19/05/2017Upskilling our workforce: how we need to think

Simon Rennie (pictured centre), general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, on the importance of upskilling the current workforce ... more >
Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

17/05/2017Inclusive design of ticket sales counters

Boaz Yariv, senior architect, and Dr Elizabeth de Mello, senior ergonomics specialist at Network Rail, present the main features of the new inclu... more >
Small stations: simple changes for quick wins

17/05/2017Small stations: simple changes for quick wins

Richard Freeston-Clough of London TravelWatch explains how investing in small stations in the capital can deliver many benefits and also have a p... more >
Why are S&C layouts failing?

17/05/2017Why are S&C layouts failing?

Dr Sin Sin Hsu, programme engineering manager IP Track Development at Network Rail, analyses why switch and crossing (S&C) layouts fail prema... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >