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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

23.03.17: Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive about the future of skills. Those of a particula...

Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

20.01.17: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers will see fairer and simpler fares.  Two recent...

HS2 – The biggest single source of new jobs in UK infrastructure

HS2 – The biggest single source of new jobs in UK infrastructure

04.11.16: Ailie MacAdam, Bechtel’s rail sector lead and a director of High Speed Rail Industry Leaders (HSRIL), comments on the job opportunities that HS2 offers and the economic benefits the project will bring. It’s official… HS2...

Rail is at risk of becoming a victim of its own success

Rail is at risk of becoming a victim of its own success

31.08.16: Andy Allen, policy analyst at the Campaign for Better Transport, considers the recently published overcrowding figures and the need for action to tackle the issue, as the railways are bursting at the seams and risk becoming a victim of their own...

Committed to improving customer experience

Committed to improving customer experience

08.07.16: Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), explains what steps the industry is taking to improve the passenger experience for rail users. Britain’s railway is a success story. As Europ...

Shaw report recommendations need quick implementation

Shaw report recommendations need quick implementation

02.05.16: Adrian Shaw, senior vice-president of global programme management and rail sector head, Europe, Middle East, India and Africa at Aecom, reflects on the Shaw Report’s recommendations and the need for changes to be adopted quickly. Nico...

Women in community rail – on track to change

Women in community rail – on track to change

17.03.16: Sally Buttifant, Mid Cheshire Community Rail Partnership Officer, explains how a Women in Community Rail group could be a positive way of promoting community rail, sharing good practice and reaching out to young people. Community rail is ab...

We must accept the need for a digital railway

We must accept the need for a digital railway

13.01.16: Alistair Gordon, chief executive of Keolis UK and chair of the Rail Delivery Group’s technology and operations working group, makes the case for investment in a digital railway. The UK’s 19th-century rail infrastructure is reach...

The case for a second Brighton Main Line – BML2

The case for a second Brighton Main Line – BML2

01.11.15: BML2 project manager Brian Hart discusses south-east England’s rail network. London and south east commuters can take heart from the chancellor’s recent demand for a full study into a second Brighton Main Line (BML2), rather tha...

TfL shows the benefits of diversifying career paths

TfL shows the benefits of diversifying career paths

01.08.15: Blane Judd, chief executive of EngTechNow, which supports companies in ensuring their staff and apprentices achieve Engineering Technician (EngTech) professional registration, says such registration helps ensure diversified career paths. Fo...

Opening doors into the rail industry

Opening doors into the rail industry

01.07.15: RTM catches up with one of its former business development executives, Jonathan Berry, who is nearly a year into his management graduate scheme with Transport for London. David Stevenson reports. It only feels like five minutes ago that Jon...

The importance of benchmarking for cost optimisation in high-speed rail projects

The importance of benchmarking for cost optimisation in high-speed rail projects

01.05.15: Kimmo Oostermeijer, a director at specialist infrastructure and transport consultancy LeighFisher, says it is vital that high-speed rail promoters can demonstrate that individual projects are as cost-effective and efficient as possible. The...

Northern and TPE ITTs give much ‘cause for optimism’

Northern and TPE ITTs give much ‘cause for optimism’

01.03.15: Andrew Allen, policy analyst at the Campaign for Better Transport, looks at how the new Invitations to Tender for the Northern and TPE franchises could deliver the required ‘transformative investment’ needed for the region. In F...

We must speed up existing rail projects, not just announce new ones

We must speed up existing rail projects, not just announce new ones

01.01.15: Mark Cowlard, head of rail at built asset consultants EC Harris, and the former MD of Atkins’ Rail Solutions business, analyses the impact on rail of the chancellor’s Autumn Statement. In this year’s Autumn Statement, Geor...

HS2 Stoke Route launched

HS2 Stoke Route launched

01.11.14: High speed transport specialist Dr Alan James, project director of HS2: The Stoke Route, outlines the benefits of the proposed alternative route via Stoke, and his disappointment that HS2 Ltd appears intent on sticking with the Crewe ‘supe...

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Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

24/04/2017Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

Crossrail has this week completed work on the architectural ceilings at the Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth Line stations and released ... more >
London Midland launches new Motion entertainment service on trains

24/04/2017London Midland launches new Motion entertainment service on trains

London Midland has today launched a service that provides customers with an entertainment package featuring films, TV programmes, games and magaz... more >
Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

24/04/2017Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

Northern has announced its reduced timetable in preparation for industrial action that is set to go ahead this Friday, saying that 55 of its rout... more >
RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

21/04/2017RSSB push for ‘keener, leaner and greener’ energy use from industry

New guidelines on the energy use of non-traction activities by train companies could save the industry millions by making processes “keener... more >

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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive abo... more > more last word articles >

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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 >
Tackling regulation at its routes

24/01/2017Tackling regulation at its routes

John Larkinson, the ORR’s director of railway markets and economics, speaks to RTM about the move to regulating Network Rail at a route lev... more >
Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

15/11/2016Investing in the future of Scottish Rail

Phil Verster, managing director of ScotRail Alliance, speaks to RTM’s Luana Salles about the recently-published ‘Investing in the Fut... more >

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Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

11/04/2017Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

Customers pulling their hair out at constantly leaving their valuables on the train may be in luck, as an innovative new system may help them tra... more >
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