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Digital Railway moves forward as Hitachi begins ETCS testing of Class 800s

Digital Railway moves forward as Hitachi begins ETCS testing of Class 800s

18.11.16: The Digital Railway programme has hit a major milestone as Hitachi Rail Europe began testing digital technology on its Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains, set to enter passenger services on the Great Western route from next year. The...

Making rail history

Making rail history

15.11.16: An innovative approach to partnership working has helped S&C North Alliance make rail history on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) by delivering the UK’s first 125mph handback on a S&C renewal. Neil Johnson, alliance director, explai...

Virgin East Coast set for 24-hour strike

Virgin East Coast set for 24-hour strike

26.09.16: Staff on Virgin East Coast are due to strike for 24 hours on 3 October after RMT announced industrial action. The union said the strike was because Virgin was threatening to cut nearly 200 jobs, and that the company is suffering financial l...

Network Rail abandons plans to privatise telecoms network

Network Rail abandons plans to privatise telecoms network

20.09.16: Network Rail’s telecoms network has been excluded from its planned sale of assets, the infrastructure owner has confirmed. Network Rail announced in March that it is considering selling off a wide range of assets, including its fibre...

Delivering a seamless wireless experience for customers

Delivering a seamless wireless experience for customers

15.09.16: An innovative collaboration to deliver a seamless wireless experience for customers has led to an industry first for Chiltern Railways. Hans Stiles, the operator’s head of IT, explains how. Five years ago, Chiltern Railways became the...

Moving forward with Track to the Future

Moving forward with Track to the Future

15.09.16: Professor William Powrie, dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southampton, gives RTM and update on the innovative Track to the Future project. Last year, RTM reported on the announcement of a major new programme grant kn...

Hitachi granted ETCS deployment approval by ORR in industry first

Hitachi granted ETCS deployment approval by ORR in industry first

08.09.16: In an industry first, Hitachi has been given approval by the ORR to use its modern in-cab signalling system on UK passenger services, marking an important milestone in the nationwide Digital Railway programme. The company recently successfu...

New Tube for London: learning from past mistakes

New Tube for London: learning from past mistakes

05.09.16: Transport for London (TfL) has committed to learn from the mistakes made in the Four Lines Modernisation Automatic Control (4LM ATC) programme in order to improve its signalling procurement for New Tube for London – but major issues have a...

Gearing up for Severn Tunnel electrification

Gearing up for Severn Tunnel electrification

31.08.16: Brian Paynter, head of programme, planning and integration IP Track, Plain Line at Network Rail, and Daniel De Luca, project manager at the infrastructure owner, discuss the challenges in the enabling work ahead of a significant closure of the S...

Siemens grabs Port Talbot re-signalling contract as part of GWML electrification

Siemens grabs Port Talbot re-signalling contract as part of GWML electrification

12.08.16: Siemens has bagged a Network Rail contract for the GRIP 5 to 8 stages of the Port Talbot West Phase 1 re-signalling project, which will see the last section of the Great Western Main Line converted for electrification ahead of the new Intercity...

Chiltern line £76m track and signalling upgrade complete after nine-day closure

Chiltern line £76m track and signalling upgrade complete after nine-day closure

09.08.16: The railway line between Banbury, Bicester and Leamington Spa reopened yesterday (8 August) after nine days of closure to allow Network Rail engineers to complete a £76m upgrade to the Chiltern main line’s track and signalling. ...

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

08.08.16: Transport minister Humza Yousaf joined engineers on Friday to celebrate the early completion of the major £60m refurb project at Glasgow Queen Street tunnel, as part of preparations for the Glasgow-Edinburgh main line electrification next...

Exclusive: Network Rail to delay fully integrated TMS at Romford ROC

Exclusive: Network Rail to delay fully integrated TMS at Romford ROC

02.08.16: Network Rail is to delay fully integrating traffic management functionality at its Romford Rail Operating Centre (ROC), as there are a still a number of risks that need to be mitigated before full commissioning. At the beginning of June, th...

Exclusive: Digital Railway pilot revised as Waboso focuses on route issues

Exclusive: Digital Railway pilot revised as Waboso focuses on route issues

22.07.16: Network Rail is set to revise the Digital Railway’s Norwich – Yarmouth – Lowestoft (NYL) pilot which was being designed to  showcase the full deployment of digital technology by the end of CP5, RTM has learned. After...

Developing a case for preformed embankment structures

Developing a case for preformed embankment structures

17.06.16: Peter Woodward, Atkins Professor of High Speed Railways and director of the Institute for Infrastructure & Environment at Heriot-Watt University, explains how costs for embankments could potentially be reduced if the industry moves towards p...

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Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18/01/2019Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. T... more >
Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18/01/2019Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking uni... more >
Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18/01/2019Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director... 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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5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18/01/20195 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibit, and place your brand in front of budget-holders whilst taking advantage of the hours of networking with senior decision-makers. 5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail Midlands ... more >
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Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >
Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15/01/2019Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £... more >
CP6: Room for improvement

15/01/2019CP6: Room for improvement

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. Th... more >

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Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >