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Balfour Beatty dropped from north west electrification

Balfour Beatty dropped from north west electrification

13.08.15: Balfour Beatty and Network Rail have agreed that the company will not continue its work on the North West Electrification project, as part of a proposed alliance. In Balfour Beatty’s half-yearly results announced yesterday, it said: &...

Stafford re-signalling set for August bank holiday commissioning

Stafford re-signalling set for August bank holiday commissioning

12.08.15: Nearly 80 new signals will be installed in the Stafford area over the August bank holiday weekend, improving the reliability of the equipment on this section of the West Coast Main Line.  As part of the £250m Stafford Area Improv...

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

05.08.15: GSM-R coverage is to be extended from the Great Western Main Line into the Heathrow tunnels, under a new Network Rail contract awarded to ADComms. The installation is a key enabler for Crossrail and of ETCS (European Train Control System) l...

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

03.08.15: Transport for London has finally hammered out the details of the contract to resignal London Underground’s four subsurface lines, 15 months after pre-selecting Thales to do the work. Bombardier won the original contract in June 2011...

Connecting Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line

Connecting Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line

01.08.15: Track is now completely laid from Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line, with the final connection of the two lines expected in September. Andy Milne, senior programme manager at Network Rail, talks to RTM about this major milestone. Two...

University of Nottingham researchers investigate use of ‘new materials’ for improving railway drainage

University of Nottingham researchers investigate use of ‘new materials’ for improving railway drainage

01.08.15: Dr Alec Marshall, lecturer in geomechanics at the University of Nottingham’s Department of Civil Engineering, writes for RTM on research into railway drainage systems, for which he is principal investigator. Researchers at the Univers...

Laying the way at Winchburgh

Laying the way at Winchburgh

01.08.15: Neil Barnes (pictured), rail director at Morgan Sindall, explains how upgrading the railway through Winchburgh Tunnel during a 44-day blockade will play a vital role in the electrification of the main Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street line. Ov...

Stafford set for resignalling switchover

Stafford set for resignalling switchover

01.08.15: Ian Johnson (pictured), Alliance operations manager on the Stafford Area Improvements Programme, talks to RTM about the major resignalling commissioning work at Stafford. David Stevenson reports. The £250m Stafford Area Improvements...

A transportation network for the next generation

A transportation network for the next generation

01.08.15: The UK’s rail and wider transportation sectors are undergoing a communications revolution. Set to deliver a huge number of industry benefits, a series of vital upgrades could even act as a catalyst for social change. Jason Pearce, chief ex...

Traffic management for the Thameslink core

Traffic management for the Thameslink core

01.08.15: RTM’s Adam Hewitt spoke to the people responsible for delivering traffic management for Thameslink: Hitachi Rail Europe managing director Karen Boswell, Tim Gray from Hitachi-owned TRE, and Network Rail’s Martin Chatfield and Gary Po...

Resilience of concrete rail support systems

Resilience of concrete rail support systems

01.08.15: Dr William Coombs and Dr Joseph Ghaffari Motlagh from the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University are undertaking a two-year research project to understand the structural resilience of concrete rail support systems. ...

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...

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Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18/05/2018Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of... more >
Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18/05/2018Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), ... more >
Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

18/05/2018Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will change the times of every single service as part of its Rail Plan 20/20 programme. In order to run an additi... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >
Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18/05/2018Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new U... more >
A year of change for the north

18/05/2018A year of change for the north

Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the comi... more >
Make way for the D-Train

15/05/2018Make way for the D-Train

Adrian Shooter, chairman of Vivarail and former chairman of Chiltern Railways, provides an exclusive update on D-Train technology and talks about... more >

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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 >