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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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Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18/05/2018Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of... more >
Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18/05/2018Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), ... more >
Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

18/05/2018Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will change the times of every single service as part of its Rail Plan 20/20 programme. In order to run an additi... more >
TfN seeking Northern improvement plan after Burnham slams TOC performance

18/05/2018TfN seeking Northern improvement plan after Burnham slams TOC performance

The chair of Transport for the North (TfN), John Cridland, has revealed that the organisation will seek to meet with Northern Rail boss David Brown... more >

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Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >
Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18/05/2018Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new U... more >
A year of change for the north

18/05/2018A year of change for the north

Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the comi... more >
Make way for the D-Train

15/05/2018Make way for the D-Train

Adrian Shooter, chairman of Vivarail and former chairman of Chiltern Railways, provides an exclusive update on D-Train technology and talks about... 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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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 >
Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enh... more >
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