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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

07.07.17: David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (TPS) have seen remarkable levels of satisfaction b...

Collaborative working is the key to the future of rail infrastructure

08.05.17: 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 step change in thinking for the UK rail industry le...

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...

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TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 Metrolink stations

21/09/2017TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 Metrolink stations

Major work to upgrade stations across Manchester’s Metrolink network has kicked off this week. This first phase will see customer info... more >
Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

21/09/2017Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

A strategy has been set out by urban transport authorities that explains how government and transport bodies should work together to deliver inte... more >
NR starts £4.2m refurb of 134-year-old South Esk viaduct

21/09/2017NR starts £4.2m refurb of 134-year-old South Esk viaduct

Work has started this week on the £4.2m refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose, it has been revealed. The impressive struc... more >
Wirral loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

21/09/2017Wirral loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

Wayne Menzies, head of rail for Merseytravel and chair of the Liverpool City Region’s Major Events Transport Board, discusses the recently ... more >

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Wirral loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

21/09/2017Wirral loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

Wayne Menzies, head of rail for Merseytravel and chair of the Liverpool City Region’s Major Events Transport Board, discusses the recently ... more >
Crossrail: track installation complete

21/09/2017Crossrail: track installation complete

Chris Enoch, Crossrail’s railway systems project manager, discusses the complexities in the design and installation of the track system on ... more >
Ballast or slab?

21/09/2017Ballast or slab?

As HS2 moves forward, William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the Uni... more >
A network of training excellence

18/09/2017A network of training excellence

Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail ... more >

editor's comment

04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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Pushing forward with EWR plans

21/09/2017Pushing forward with EWR plans

Andy Free, head of engineering assurance at East West Rail (EWR) Alliance, discusses the recent round two public consultation on the plans for th... more >
A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >
‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

13/07/2017‘In the rail business, we’re leading the way’

Andy Milner, the chief executive of Amey, tells RTM about the transformation programme that has been taking place in the company since his takeov... more >

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UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

19/09/2017UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

With just under a week left to get your applications in for the rail industry’s biggest awards event, UKRIA, it seems like the perfect time... more >
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