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28.10.16

RTM celebrates its 100th issue

RTM is extremely proud to announce that today marks the publication of our 100th edition.

This edition, wrapped in a special celebratory cover, represents a major milestone in our 18-year journey as Britain’s rail industry media leader.

We have now become a staple for almost 200,000 professionals and decision-makers in the rail sector, who all turn to RTM for the latest news and analysis. And fun fact: 72% of readers also said they use both the magazine and the website to source and research suppliers.

Since its launch nearly two decades ago, RTM has been a long journey to become the industry’s trusted media partner. Our first-ever issue (pictured below) hit desks on March 2000 with an in-depth report into the Southall Rail Accident, written by the inquiry’s chairman, Professor John Uff, which identified 93 recommendations to improve safety in the industry. It also covered a number of other important stories, such as the regeneration of Manchester Piccadilly station and the upgrade of the West Coast Main Line (WCML).

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Since then, we have been at the front and centre of breaking rail stories and in-depth analysis of latest reports. We were there when Network Rail took over control of infrastructure by buying Railtrack in 2002; when plans were launched for the upgrade of the WCML; ahead of the curve when Virgin Trains unveiled its 140mph tilting Pendolinos; when Crossrail’s major contracts were launched, right down to its debut as the Elizabeth Line in honour of the Queen; we’ve been accompanying HS2 closely, through the good times and the bad; we reported on the ups and downs of the electrification roller coaster, including its many pauses and re-starts; and we were right there with you when all major rail reviews came out, from McNulty through to Hendy, Bowe and Shaw.

UK Rail Industry Awards

In 2014, RTM grabbed the attention of the rail industry yet again with the launch of our flagship UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) in London. The ceremony was an instant hit and firmly embedded itself as the most prestigious and important event in the rail sector’s calendar. Key to its success is, without a doubt, the cross-industry panel of judges who volunteer their time to robustly and transparently assess the entries to identify winners.

Regardless of whether you’ve attended before or not, we can guarantee you won’t want to miss next year’s UKRIA, which is set to its biggest and best edition yet with Sir Peter Hendy confirmed as keynote speaker. To attend the event, visit the UKRIA website.

TransCityRail North

If there’s one thing we’re aware of here at RTM, it’s that northern rail voices must be amplified. The need to devolve northern franchises and empower the Powerhouse to be at the helm of regional decisions is the entire motivation behind Transport for the North (TfN) and Rail North, both of which RTM has worked with closely since their genesis.

In recognition of this, we launched TransCityRail North in 2014, designed to bring together the leaders responsible for delivering Northern Powerhouse Rail for a lively and engaging conference and networking dinner. To date, the event has facilitated networking between 2,000 delegates from 300 organisations at the centre of the rail industry. This year’s event, developed in partnership with TfN and Network Rail, focuses on ‘Supply Chain Engagement’ and the rail transport strategy for the north of England.

Make sure you don’t miss out on this exclusive opportunity to meet with senior managers to discuss TfN’s rail transport strategy, learn more about Network Rail’s procurement and supply chain engagement strategy, and network with hundreds of industry decision-makers during the gala dinner. To attend, visit the TCR website.

We would like to say a huge and resounding thank you to all of you who have been with us on this amazing journey so far.

Roy C Rowlands, RTM’s business development director, said: “For the last 18 years we’ve been right by your side during the good times and the difficult ones,  offering independent, non-partisan editorial through periods of significant change, unprecedented levels of investment and increased ridership whilst becoming one of the safest railways in the world.

“It’s been a magnificent 18 years and the team and I are looking forward to the next 18!”

 

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