Track and signalling

Blackpool rail network to close for 19 weeks during major upgrade

Blackpool rail network to close for 19 weeks during major upgrade

03.11.17: Blackpool’s rail network is set for major changes as Network Rail plans to close the system for 19 weeks of essential work. The upgrades – which form a part of the Great North Rail Project – will focus on improving capacit...

No reason why schemes can’t be funded with more private cash, says Siemens

No reason why schemes can’t be funded with more private cash, says Siemens

17.10.17: Siemens has signalled its willingness to work on future electrification and resignalling programmes following the government’s announcement of £48bn available for CP6. The hints build on Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne&r...

Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

Computerised signalling system set to increase LU capacity by a third

16.10.17: A new computerised signalling system that will allow trains to run closer together and increase capacity by a third has been successfully tested on the London Underground. The SelTrac CBTC system, designed by Thales, is expected to improve...

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

State-of-the-art signal work set to start in West Yorkshire

11.10.17: Work to upgrade signalling in West Yorkshire to a new state-of-the-art system will begin on 28 October. The operations are part of the Great North Rail Project and represent phase two of a three phase plan which will change all the signalli...

Greater Anglia and Network Rail unite to fight leaf damage

Greater Anglia and Network Rail unite to fight leaf damage

10.10.17: Greater Anglia and Network Rail will complete a £500k investment in anti-slip ‘wheel slide protection’ (WSP) to combat the issue of slippery leaves on the line. The new technology will be the first time a WSP system has be...

£68m signalling overhaul set to start in Anglia

£68m signalling overhaul set to start in Anglia

25.09.17: As part of its upgrade plan, Network Rail is installing a new state of the art signalling system on the train lines in the Yarmouth, Norwich and Lowestoft areas. The upgrade, part of a £68m investment, will modernise the region by int...

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...

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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

  • 08/12/2017A game changer for Midland Metro

    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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interviews

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 >