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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14.11.19: Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in...

NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18.10.19: Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's no...

Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17.09.19: Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail...

Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

Network Rail’s, Anna-Jane Hunter on HS2, NPR, and supply chain opportunities

29.08.19: Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and the success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the net...

Tim Wood on bringing together the voices of the north

Tim Wood on bringing together the voices of the north

29.08.19: Ahead of joining the TransCityRail North panel in October, RTM cover star Tim Wood, Northern Powerhouse Rail Director, TfN talks to us about NPR, HS2 and rebalancing the UK economy. Explain the key challenges of your role as Northern P...

Rail Freight Group’s Maggie Simpson on supply chain opportunities, Digital Railway, and HS2

Rail Freight Group’s Maggie Simpson on supply chain opportunities, Digital Railway, and HS2

27.08.19: Rail freight is vital to Britain’s economic success. Contributing £1.7bn to the economy, it is a vibrant, growing sector. As Director of the Rail Freight Group, Maggie Simpson, plays a key part in ensuring the voices of Rail Freight...

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...

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GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

12/12/2019GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is continuing its roll out of life saving defibrillators at stations across its network. Statistics show that... more >
Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

12/12/2019Grand Central completes £9m refurbishment of rolling stock

Grand Central has completed a two-year £9m refurbishment of its train fleet, serving the operator’s route linking Sunderland and Hart... more >
Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

11/12/2019Hull Trains release 360 virtual tour of new Paragon Trains

Hull Trains have released a 360 virtual tour of inside its new Paragon Trains, and are inviting customers to take a look. The immersive vide... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... 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 >
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 >