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Transformation works begin on Victoria Line crossover

Transformation works begin on Victoria Line crossover

29.07.15: London Underground is set to renew a Victoria Line crossover between 8 and 30 August to allow for greater train frequency. From Saturday, it will start rebuilding the Walthamstow Central crossover, replacing the concrete foundations and the...

Hitachi wins traffic management contract for Thameslink

Hitachi wins traffic management contract for Thameslink

27.07.15: Hitachi Rail Europe and its subsidiary TRE are to provide the traffic management system for Thameslink, which will complement the new ATO over ETCS in-cab signalling system to ensure the core between St Pancras and Blackfriars can handle more tr...

Great Western HOPS piling rates lower than thought

Great Western HOPS piling rates lower than thought

22.07.15: The piling rates achieved by Network Rail’s High Output Plant System (HOPS) are still far below what its business case requires, according to figures supplied to Parliament by the company. Rail minister Claire Perry MP said that the a...

DfT ‘very concerned’ about funding IEP trains if GW electrification late

DfT ‘very concerned’ about funding IEP trains if GW electrification late

20.07.15: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin and DfT permanent secretary Philip Rutnam have been grilled by the Commons transport committee this afternoon on the delays to the electrification of the Great Western Main Line (GWML). Asked why the g...

ETCS funding approved for Ashford International resignalling

ETCS funding approved for Ashford International resignalling

14.07.15: The signalling technology at Ashford International station will be upgraded to ETCS standard thanks to cash from the European Commission and the South East Local Enterprise Partnership. The £4m project “will allow any internatio...

Climate change to affect resilience of GB rail network says RSSB

Climate change to affect resilience of GB rail network says RSSB

01.07.15: Hotter, drier summers, milder, wetter winters, more frequent and intense extreme weather events and higher sea levels will affect the resilience of the whole railway system, according to a new research report published by RSSB. Phase 1 of t...

Delivering Digital Environment

Delivering Digital Environment

01.07.15: Phil Bennett, commercial director for the Digital Railway programme within Network Rail, discusses the lessons that can be learned from the aviation industry in delivering a digital railway. Network Rail is expected to establish its strateg...

Midland Main Line electrification 'paused'

Midland Main Line electrification 'paused'

25.06.15: The government has confirmed that work on Midland Main Line electrification "will be paused" to allow struggling Network Rail to focus on the Great Western, which it calls the "top priority". In a statement to the Commons, transport secreta...

Timetable released for SSR resignalling – LU’s ‘top priority’

Timetable released for SSR resignalling – LU’s ‘top priority’

15.06.15: Some of the timetable changes associated with the resignalling of the Sub Surface Railway (SSR) will not happen until the end of 2023, even later than originally thought. The estimated final cost is £5.48bn, lower than the previously...

Using a 'Lego wall' to avoid a disruptive all-line block

Using a 'Lego wall' to avoid a disruptive all-line block

05.06.15: The engineers delivering the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals Project used an innovative ‘Lego wall’ to provide a solid barrier between open lines and those lines being replaced, avoiding the need for a disruptive all-line block. ...

Ordsall Chord legal challenge listed for September, says man responsible

Ordsall Chord legal challenge listed for September, says man responsible

29.05.15: Mark Whitby, the former president of the Institution of Civil Engineers, has confirmed to RTM that he is responsible for the legal challenge to the Ordsall Chord order granted by the government in March. He told us: “I can confirm tha...

Why Great Western electrification is behind schedule

Why Great Western electrification is behind schedule

13.05.15: The man in charge of upgrading and electrifying the Great Western route has offered fresh insight into the reasons for the delays the programme has experienced. In a frank and engaging talk on the second day of Railtex in Birmingham, Patrick...

Ground decontamination delays Bromsgrove station relocation

Ground decontamination delays Bromsgrove station relocation

07.05.15: Resignalling work and the relocation of the new station at Bromsgrove have been delayed, but the overall project timescale will still be met, RTM has been told.  Barnt Green to Bromsgrove electrification, which is part of a £100m...

Cardiff resignalling project completion delay to 2017 confirmed

Cardiff resignalling project completion delay to 2017 confirmed

07.05.15: Cardiff Area Signalling Renewal (CASR), originally due for completion this year, has slipped by two years until January 2017, Network Rail has confirmed.  The scheme to improve rail services on the Cardiff and Valleys network was split...

Major step forward for Portishead Line reopening

Major step forward for Portishead Line reopening

06.05.15: North Somerset Council has endorsed the preferred location for the new Portishead station, a “major step forward” in the project to re-open the Portishead line as part of the MetroWest programme. The local authority’s exec...

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First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

23/02/2018First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

After a period of radio silence, Vivarail has announced that its long-awaited battery D-Train is in its final build stage and will be in passenger ... more >
Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

23/02/2018Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

Transport for the North (TfN) has announced the appointment of its new Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) director. Tim Wood has already successfull... more >
Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23/02/2018Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – an... 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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Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

09/02/2018Big Rail Diversity Challenge 2018: Exciting details announced

The first details of this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge have been revealed and it’s safe to say the 2018 edition is set to be more thrilling than ever. Last year saw the RTM team attend the second edition in what is quickly becoming Women in Rail’s flagship event, where teams with a 50/50 gender split compete in a ... more >
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NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06/02/2018NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed t... more >
Keeping Britain's railway on track

06/02/2018Keeping Britain's railway on track

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, argues investment in track maintenance and rail infrastructure is fundam... more >
The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

06/02/2018The Intelligent Infrastructure approach

Network Rail is seeking to improve asset management whilst cutting down on expenditure by implementing a new Intelligent Infrastructure programme... more >
Project Aura: Changing the game

02/02/2018Project Aura: Changing the game

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), describes how Project Aura has been revolutionising training across the organisatio... more >

rail industry focus

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    The West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) updates RTM’s Luana Salles on the latest projects taking place across the growing Midland Metro...
  • 09/11/2017Testing tomorrow's technology today

    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
  • 09/11/2017What next for safety?

    As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee...
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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >