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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...

An optimistic and ambitious strategy for rail in northern England

An optimistic and ambitious strategy for rail in northern England

01.09.14: James MacColl, head of campaigns at the Campaign for Better Transport, explains the principles behind its new ‘Right Track North’ Charter and a ‘Northern Hub 2’ for West Yorkshire. When the government let the current N...

Great time to be a rail engineer

Great time to be a rail engineer

01.07.14: Phillip Hodgson, rail and property department manager at Matchtech, discusses the opportunities available for rail engineers in CP5. There was an era in which the rail industry in the UK was commonly known as a great network – specificall...

Supply Chain Excellence: The Platform Sessions

Supply Chain Excellence: The Platform Sessions

01.05.14: Chris Williams-Lilley, founder and director of Rail Champions, describes the lessons learned at its recent workshops. Reflecting on the recent appointment of Dr Francis Paonessa as the new MD of Network Rail Infrastructure Projects, I feel co...

What people don’t know about HS2

What people don’t know about HS2

14.03.14: Arnab Dutt, managing director of British manufacturer Texane and a public member of Network Rail, argues against the all-too-common belief that investing in both HS2 and the existing infrastructure are not mutually compatible. As a public mem...

We are the champions

We are the champions

16.01.14: Chris Williams-Lilley, managing director of Rail Champions, discusses reliability and improvement in the rail sector. The rail infrastructure sector is characterised by safety, fierce price competition, high labour intensity, and a desire to mo...

Nearly two thirds of travel purchases are digitally  influenced; it’s time for change  in the rail sector

Nearly two thirds of travel purchases are digitally influenced; it’s time for change in the rail sector

01.09.13: Anna Holness, managing partner of O2’s Passenger Services Practice, discusses the digital innovation challenges facing the rail industry. We live in a world where people are growing accustomed to working, shopping or keeping in touch from...

Flyda urban mass transit

Flyda urban mass transit

01.07.13: John Emanuel of technology transfer specialists Pax Consultants takes a look back at the technology behind Flyda, a metro system with minimised infrastructure costs, which is now in the public domain. Cutting capital costs You would t...

Customer service innovation

Customer service innovation

26.04.13: Recently RTM’s Sleeper blog asked how innovation could help improve customer service within the rail industry. Anthony Smith, Passenger Focus chief executive, gives us his view. Rail is a boom industry; more and more people are choosi...

Complexity and capability

Complexity and capability

28.02.13: Tim O’Toole, chairman of the Rail Delivery Group, explains how the complexity of the rail industry can be its strength. Speaking at the DDRF’s annual conference 2013, chairman of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) Tim O’Toole...

Lowering the cost of UK light rail and tram projects

Lowering the cost of UK light rail and tram projects

01.01.13: Leeds North West MP, Greg Mulholland, recently urged the DfT to make light rail standards more appropriate in a Commons transport questions session. Light rail projects are being held back by over-engineering and unnecessarily high safety standa...

‘Still a big increase in regulated fares’

‘Still a big increase in regulated fares’

01.11.12: Passenger Focus Anthony Smith discusses the current fares structure in the light of the Government’s decision to hold the increase at RPI+1%. Passengers struggling to work in the cold this winter will be relieved to note that the prim...

Reopening Railways: the case for growing the rail network and how it can be achieved

Reopening Railways: the case for growing the rail network and how it can be achieved

01.09.12: Richard Hebditch, campaigns director at the Campaign for Better Transport, says that now is the time for line reopenings. Next year will be the 50th anniversary of the infamous Beeching Report, Reshaping British Railways, which led to the c...

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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 >
ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT’s handling of the ... 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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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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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 >
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 >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... more >

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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 “Eve... more >
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