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New signalling system at London Bridge

New signalling system at London Bridge

09.02.16: Siemens has successfully introduced its new Zone Controller system for the first time in the UK at London Bridge station. It is now controlling the signalling there. Over the Christmas period, three new lines running through the high-level...

Heathrow rail link delay branded ‘pathetic’ by MP

Heathrow rail link delay branded ‘pathetic’ by MP

02.02.16: The slippages in the Western Rail Link to Heathrow project to late CP6 have been branded “pathetic” by Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart. Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire yesterday, the Labour MP also suggested the link “does not have...

Nexus starts track replacement as part of shrunken programme

Nexus starts track replacement as part of shrunken programme

26.01.16: The owner and manager of the Tyne & Wear Metro, Nexus, is set to start track replacement works on its lines in North Tyneside this year as part of a £350m modernisation programme. The company will replace a total of 8.7km of track...

RAIB to investigate post-storm responses to Lamington Viaduct

RAIB to investigate post-storm responses to Lamington Viaduct

25.01.16: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into Network Rail’s actions and processes after Storm Frank’s destructive impact on the Lamington Viaduct last month. The viaduct in South Lanarkshire w...

GWML electrification dates revealed

GWML electrification dates revealed

22.01.16: Sir Peter Hendy has revealed the completion dates of each element of the delayed Great Western Main Line electrification programme in an updated report today (22 January). All elements of the programme will only start seeing electric trains...

Fast-tracking at Norton Bridge

Fast-tracking at Norton Bridge

18.12.15: Greg Salisbury, senior project manager for track and OLE on the Staffordshire Alliance, talks to RTM about the project’s new track-laying record. Work on the £250m Stafford Area Improvements Programme (SAIP) is entering its fina...

Thameslink test train runs across London under ETCS control

Thameslink test train runs across London under ETCS control

16.12.15: In a crucial milestone for the Thameslink programme, a Network Rail Class 313 test train has been able to run through central London entirely under ETCS control over two weekends of testing. The trial’s success marked the culmination...

Parts of WCML reopened after track and signalling submerged in floodwater overnight

Parts of WCML reopened after track and signalling submerged in floodwater overnight

07.12.15: Most of the northern section of the West Coast Main Line has been reopened after extensive flooding of the tracks over the weekend as a result of the unprecedented ‘Storm Desmond’ in the north of England. But the railway north o...

First wires go up on GWML, but programme uncertainties remain

First wires go up on GWML, but programme uncertainties remain

16.11.15: Network Rail engineers installed the first overhead wires for the Great Western Main Line electrification programme (GWEP) last week. One mile (1.6km) of earth wire went up on the lines west of Reading between Pangbourne and Tilehurst &ndas...

Rugby ROC opens to take over Stafford Area signalling

Rugby ROC opens to take over Stafford Area signalling

16.11.15: One of the 12 Network Rail operating centres nationwide was opened last week as part of the long-term strategy to replace antiquated signal boxes and streamline the signalling workforce. The Rugby Rail Operating Centre (ROC) is one of a doz...

North Wales devolved rail body to tackle electrification

North Wales devolved rail body to tackle electrification

12.11.15: Welsh leaders attending a rail summit today (12 November) in Llandudno are set to refine and agree to details of a major new body designed to drive forward rail modernisation in North Wales. The summit, attended by rail minister Claire Perr...

TfL to press on with delayed SSR resignalling via Mace-CPC contract

TfL to press on with delayed SSR resignalling via Mace-CPC contract

06.11.15: Transport for London (TfL) has appointed a Mace and CPC Project Services joint venture as its programme support partner to help renew the current signalling systems across the four sub-surface Underground lines. The joint venture will be re...

East West Rail delivery could be delayed by seven years

East West Rail delivery could be delayed by seven years

03.11.15: The East West Rail Western Section, between Oxford and Bedford and Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, may be delayed by three to seven years after a Network Rail draft recommendation suggested the project should be delivered in three phases instead of...

Revolutionising railway maintenance

Revolutionising railway maintenance

01.11.15: Craig Mathys, programme manager at Network Rail, talks to RTM about the introduction of the company’s new fleet of Mobile Maintenance Trains, which have been described as ‘workshops on wheels’. David Stevenson reports. Net...

Understanding electrification risk and complexity

Understanding electrification risk and complexity

01.11.15: RTM attended The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Railway Electrification seminar to understand the complexity and the requirements for the design of a safe electrified railway. David Stevenson reports. The Institution of E...

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Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13/11/2018Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, new analysis shows. In... more >
GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13/11/2018GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned about the profitability of it... more >
Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

13/11/2018Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has been appointed as transport minister with responsibility for rail following the resignation... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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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 >