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Grayling throws three major electrification plans out the window 

Grayling throws three major electrification plans out the window 

20.07.17: The government has decided to call off plans to electrify a string of major routes based on the premise that bi-mode trains already provide seamless transfer from diesel power to electric, in a move the Welsh government argued “amounted to...

RIA: Future of rail renewals work in jeopardy following poor CP5

RIA: Future of rail renewals work in jeopardy following poor CP5

19.07.17: Downturns in renewals works at the end of CP5 and a lack of enhancement development work for CP6 pose a “significant threat” to future works for the UK rail sector and its supply chain, the Rail Industry Association (RIA) has warned....

Plugging solar power into our railways

Plugging solar power into our railways

17.07.17: Dr Nathaniel Bottrell, research associate at Imperial College London (ICL), talks about the Renewable Traction Project, which is investigating the use of solar energy to power our rail network – especially in areas where the electricity gr...

East meets west

East meets west

13.07.17: Louise Moore, engineering manager for HV power at Crossrail, tells RTM how two great railways will be joined by electrifying at 50kV under central London. A dedicated team of engineers is working around the clock on Crossrail – Europe...

A collaborative approach to industry architecture

A collaborative approach to industry architecture

03.07.17: Last year, the first iteration of an industry architecture that will underpin the digital transformation of the rail network was completed. RTM’s David Stevenson discusses the work behind the programme with senior representatives from BAE Sy...

Network Rail appoints Arcadis to support Digital Railway

Network Rail appoints Arcadis to support Digital Railway

21.06.17: Network Rail has appointed Arcadis as a programme partner (systems) to help shape the Digital Railway programme ahead of implementation. Supported by Ramboll, Arcadis will deliver a range of services to the project including technical leade...

Research to transform future of traffic management systems released

Research to transform future of traffic management systems released

20.06.17: Two crucial pieces of research that outline how technology will transform the next generation of traffic management systems (TMS) have today been released by the RSSB. The projects, which are part of the Future Traffic Regulation and Optimi...

New tool uses ‘incontrovertibly accurate’ big data algorithm to avert SPADs

New tool uses ‘incontrovertibly accurate’ big data algorithm to avert SPADs

09.06.17: A new software has used big data involving more than a hundred million incidences of trains approaching signals on the UK rail network in order to help operators ensure that the likelihood of trains passing red lights are vastly reduce...

Guidance published to manage risk of signalling transitions for drivers

Guidance published to manage risk of signalling transitions for drivers

06.06.17: Guidance has been released this week to help the rail industry prepare drivers for transitions between Class B (AWS and TPWS) and ETCS (European Train Control System) signalling systems. In research released yesterday, the RSSB interviewed...

Why are S&C layouts failing?

Why are S&C layouts failing?

17.05.17: Dr Sin Sin Hsu, programme engineering manager IP Track Development at Network Rail, analyses why switch and crossing (S&C) layouts fail prematurely and how a Good Practice Guide to S&C design helps mitigate the risk. S&C perform...

A year of major Metro renewals

A year of major Metro renewals

15.05.17: The Tyne and Wear Metro is set for another major programme of track replacement work in 2017 as part of the £350m modernisation of the system, explains Raymond Johnstone, director of rail and infrastructure at Nexus. Nexus, the public...

A first of type level crossing

A first of type level crossing

11.05.17: Peter Barber, principal engineer (Track) in the Capital Projects Directorate at London Underground (LU), explains how a first of type level crossing, intersecting the A28 next to Rolvenden station on the Kent & East Sussex Railway (KESR), wa...

Digital Railway: four steps forward

Digital Railway: four steps forward

05.05.17: Shortly before the general election was called, the Digital Railway team announced several major updates to its programme. RTM’s Luana Salles reports. On 13 April, Digital Railway took the rail sector by surprise by revealing a series...

The most complex signalling phase in Britain

The most complex signalling phase in Britain

23.03.17: RTM caught up with Richard Scott, programme manager at Network Rail, about the recent successful delivery of the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals (CASR) project, which has been branded the biggest and most complex signalling phase delivered to d...

The future connected rail system needs a connected community

The future connected rail system needs a connected community

21.03.17: The rail and tech sectors must collaborate to determine the optimal route to the digital railway, writes Julian McGougan, head of technology at techUK. Rail has become a victim of its own success with the network straining to cope, particul...

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London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

26/07/2017London passengers happier than before, but green shoots still ‘fragile’

Rail passengers in London and the south east are more satisfied with their service in 2017 than they were last year, it has been revealed. T... more >
Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

25/07/2017Transport investment must be ‘fairly weighted towards small stations’

Investment in transport infrastructure and passenger experience in London needs to be spread more evenly across the system and focus on small sta... more >
TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

25/07/2017TransPennine electrification and Piccadilly upgrade now also in doubt

Transport authorities in West Yorkshire have said it is “very disappointing” that electrification may not be completed along the enti... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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Triple electrification cancellation – a misstep from Grayling?

25/07/2017Triple electrification cancellation – a misstep from Grayling?

Following last week’s comprehensive set of announcements about HS2 and the closure of Parliament for recess, you’d be forgiven for thinking that there wouldn’t be any more news about major rail projects on the horizon anytime soon. But having sparked anger after cancelling key sections of three major electrification prog... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >