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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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Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

14/05/2019Scrap HS2 and use its £56bn budget to fund 28 alternative projects, urges TPA

Scrapping the £56bn HS2 project could pave the way for 28 separate local infrastructure schemes to be funded instead with the case “g... more >
DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

14/05/2019DfT calls for new technology to transform transport accessibility, but union warns against ‘faceless’ railway

The DfT has called for new technologies to revolutionise travel for older people and those with disabilities, but the RMT has “reacted with... more >
First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

13/05/2019First leg of HS2 ‘passing the point of no return’ due to amount of money already invested, says NAO head

HS2 is on the “verge of passing the point of no return” and the amount of money spent would make scrapping the flagship project &ldqu... more >
Arriva Rail becomes second operator to sue DfT over East Midlands franchise

13/05/2019Arriva Rail becomes second operator to sue DfT over East Midlands franchise

Arriva Rail has launched legal action against the DfT over its handling of the East Midlands rail franchise, the second operator in a week to sue... more >

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The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

13/05/2019The railway franchising model is broken, and passengers are paying the price

Meg Hillier, MP for Hackney South and Shoreditch and chair of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC), gives her view on the state of the UK’s ... more >
NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

13/05/2019NSAR: Tackling the digital skills shortage

The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) chief executive Neil Robertson returns to write for RTM, this time, to assess the digital skills shor... more >
Delivering cost-effective electrification

13/05/2019Delivering cost-effective electrification

David Clarke, technical director of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), sets out the findings of a new report on how rail electrification can... more >
5G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

13/05/20195G: An opportunity to revolutionise on-train connectivity

Simon Holmes, group head of digital (engineering) at FirstGroup, introduces us to the 5G solution being delivered for the rail sector.  ... 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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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >
Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >
TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >

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Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13/05/2019Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, intro... more >
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