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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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Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18/01/2019Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. T... more >
Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18/01/2019Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking uni... more >
Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18/01/2019Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director... more >
5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18/01/20195 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibi... more >

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Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >
Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15/01/2019Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £... more >
CP6: Room for improvement

15/01/2019CP6: Room for improvement

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. Th... 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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Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >
HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >

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5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18/01/20195 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibi... more >
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