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Optimising traffic management

Optimising traffic management

25.09.17: Taku Fujiyama, from University College London (UCL), and Lei Chen, from the University of Birmingham, on the work and early findings of the Developing and Evaluating Dynamic Optimisation for Train Control Systems project. Capacity shortage...

Grayling commits £5m to install digital signalling on TransPennine route

Grayling commits £5m to install digital signalling on TransPennine route

22.09.17: Passengers travelling between Manchester and York could be the first in the north to enjoy an intercity railway that uses digital signalling, Chris Grayling has announced today. A tranche of £5m funding has been announced to let Netwo...

Crossrail: track installation complete

Crossrail: track installation complete

21.09.17: Chris Enoch, Crossrail’s railway systems project manager, discusses the complexities in the design and installation of the track system on the Elizabeth Line project. This summer, the Crossrail programme reached another exciting and m...

Ballast or slab?

Ballast or slab?

21.09.17: As HS2 moves forward, William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the University of Southampton, considers the arguments for and against using ballasted or slab track in hig...

Enabling the Great North Rail Project

Enabling the Great North Rail Project

18.09.17: Mark Bellew writing on behalf of Network Rail discusses progress on the company’s Great North Rail Project, and the signalling that underpins the major infrastructure schemes. The Great North Rail Project is in full swing with a numbe...

Digital Railway: new supply chain relationships

Digital Railway: new supply chain relationships

14.09.17: Stuart Calvert, head of the Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) initiative at the Digital Railway Programme, outlines the companys latest developments and explains the importance of creating a new relationship with the supply chain. The chal...

Thameslink completes significant signal testing

Thameslink completes significant signal testing

14.09.17: Martin Chatfield, project director for high capacity infrastructure on Thameslink, gives RTM an update on the project's signalling works and testing. Last summer, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) successfully completed a test run of the new C...

The Halton Curve: Small piece of track, big rail ambitions

The Halton Curve: Small piece of track, big rail ambitions

07.09.17: Cllr Liam Robinson, chair of the Liverpool City Region (LCR) Transport Committee and of Merseytravel, explains the importance of bringing the Halton Curve back into full use. The ‘Halton Curve’ may only be 1.5 miles long, but br...

All in this together

All in this together

07.09.17: Northern Hub Alliance project director Mike Heywood updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the astounding progress of the Ordsall Chord – and the tight-knit team responsible for its success. For an industry that has grown so much so quic...

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

18.08.17: The alliance taking forward the Ordsall Chord under a multidisciplinary partnership approach has been celebrated as the chief reason behind the scheme’s punctual progress towards the last stages of work before its December debut. Spea...

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...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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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 >