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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05.06.19: In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal mea...

Networks Rail’s David Ollerhead, on engaging with the supply chain

Networks Rail’s David Ollerhead, on engaging with the supply chain

04.06.19: David Ollerhead, Networks Rail Open for Business Programme Director, joins us to discuss ‘breaking down barriers’ and making it easier for organisations to invest in the sector. Ahead of TransCityRail Midlands 2019, he explains that...

Midland Metro Alliance on local supply chain opportunity

Midland Metro Alliance on local supply chain opportunity

31.05.19: Ahead of TransCityRail Midlands 2019, Alejendaro Moreno, Director of the Midland Metro Alliance (the first light rail alliance in the UK) shares an insight into the recent £1.35bn programme of tram extensions. What are the key aspects...

Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

Meeting clients, suppliers and stepping forward

23.05.19: The Midlands 30-year plan will deliver many economic benefits and will need a wide and diverse supply chain to deliver some of the key projects. We caught up with long running sponsors of TransCityRail, Bridgeway Consulting Limited, specialists...

WMCA on HS2 and supply chain opportunities

WMCA on HS2 and supply chain opportunities

23.05.19: In the latest Q&A series ahead of TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with Laura Shoaf, Managing Director for TfWM (the transport arm of the WMCA), for her insight on delivering the combined authority’s transport strategy.  ...

Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

Making the railways safer and more reliable with Ze-Power

13.05.19: Professor Meiling Zhu, chair of mechanical engineering and head of the Energy Harvesting Research Group (EHRG) at the University of Exeter, introduces us to Ze-Power (Zero Power, Large Area Rail Track Monitoring): an innovative Engineering and P...

The £41bn industry that’s cutting cold calling

The £41bn industry that’s cutting cold calling

09.05.19: According to studies it was found that buyers who interact with a brand at exhibitions and events are more likely to go on to invest in the brand and become a loyal customer. In fact, exhibiting or any type of face-to-face interaction with a bra...

Network Rail's Julia Territt on working with the supply chain

Network Rail's Julia Territt on working with the supply chain

08.05.19: Ahead of TransCityRail Midlands this July, Julia Territt, Network Rail’s Regional Delivery Director for Route Services Supply Chain Operations joins us to discuss ‘putting the passenger first’ and working with the supply chain....

Siemens’ Rob Morris on the Rail Sector deal and Digital Railway

Siemens’ Rob Morris on the Rail Sector deal and Digital Railway

08.05.19: Rob Morris, Managing Director at Siemens Rail Automation and Digital Railway Industry Champion for the Rail Supply Group Rail Sector Deal joins us to discuss how Digital Railway is developing a ‘transformative’ Rail Sector Deal...

Toufic Machnouk, Network Rail’s LNE & EM Route Programme Director, on rethinking digital technology

Toufic Machnouk, Network Rail’s LNE & EM Route Programme Director, on rethinking digital technology

08.05.19: Toufic Machnouk, LNE & EM Route Programme Director for Network Rail, joins us to discuss Digital Railway and rethinking Network Rail’s digital approach ahead of TransCityRail Midlands 2019. What does your role as LNE & EM...

Empower your reader, choose print

Empower your reader, choose print

07.05.19: We are on a digital rollercoaster, swirling and twirling through a variety of different online advertising platforms- have we forgotten about traditional marketing platforms such as print? The UK is currently the global leader in advertisin...

Maria Machancoses on the Midlands Rail Hub plans and futureproofing the Midlands network

Maria Machancoses on the Midlands Rail Hub plans and futureproofing the Midlands network

03.05.19: Maria Machancoses Director of Midlands Connect joins us to discuss the Midlands Rail Hub plans and futureproofing the Midlands network ahead of TransCityRail Midlands 2019. What does your role as Director of Midlands Connect involve? ...

A strengthened rail supply chain

A strengthened rail supply chain

26.04.19: Ahead of TransCityRail Midlands, We caught up with strategic partner PTS Training academy to find out more about how they are plugging the skills gap building a well-equipped workforce across the industry.  Where do you think the main...

West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08.04.19: Malcolm Holmes, Chief Director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering servic...

Elaine Clark, Chief Executive of the Rail Forum Midlands on supporting the Rail Sector Deal

Elaine Clark, Chief Executive of the Rail Forum Midlands on supporting the Rail Sector Deal

02.04.19: The Rail Forum Midlands are playing a huge part in the delivery of the Rail Sector Deal. Chief Executive Elaine Clark explains how she and her team are working to support SME's in the rail sector grow their business through collaboration and bui...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

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Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, CrossCountry and the Scouts have come together to encourage Britain’s younger generations to be... more > more last word articles >
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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >
Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

24/06/2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive, announced as TCR Midlands speaker in Birmingham

Ahead of his appearance, Malcolm Holmes spoke with Rail Technology Magazine about what key leaders in the industry were doing to improve rail in ... more >
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 >