Track and signalling

RSSB: Innovative sander configuration could reduce low adhesion delays

RSSB: Innovative sander configuration could reduce low adhesion delays

12.02.18: Double variable rate sanders could combat leaves on the line, according to new research by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB). Sanders are already routinely used to reduce the impact of low adhesion by blasting sand between the wheel an...

Bristol stations will experience Easter disruption as NR completes £130m signalling upgrade

Bristol stations will experience Easter disruption as NR completes £130m signalling upgrade

08.02.18: Network Rail has warned that train services around Bristol are likely to suffer from disruption over Easter while engineers complete its “biggest ever signalling upgrade.” For five days between Good Friday and 3 April, bus repla...

Grayling consults on plans to reopen historic northern line

Grayling consults on plans to reopen historic northern line

08.02.18: The transport secretary has this week revealed plans to complete a feasibility study on reopening the Skipton-Colne line, closed in 1970. Chris Grayling said the line had the potential to deliver a “vital connection” between Lan...

Elizabeth Line hit with major challenges after electrical explosion pushes back testing

Elizabeth Line hit with major challenges after electrical explosion pushes back testing

31.01.18: The energisation of eastern sections of the Elizabeth Line was pushed back in November after a voltage transformer meant to connect separate electrical appliances exploded, causing testing to be delayed. The problems, coupled with the compl...

Modernising asset data capture

Modernising asset data capture

30.01.18: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in Infrastructure Projects Signalling at Network Rail, explains how automation and machine learning are transforming the safety of renewals work on the railway. In the last issue of RTM we look...

Scottish line reopens after 1,000-tonne landslide turmoil

Scottish line reopens after 1,000-tonne landslide turmoil

30.01.18: The Fort William-Mallaig line in Scotland reopened this week after nine days of closure caused by 1,000 tonnes of rock and mud spilling onto the track. The initial disruption occurred last Sunday and continued throughout the night until Mon...

Campaign launched for £200m Midland Main Line resignalling project

Campaign launched for £200m Midland Main Line resignalling project

26.01.18: Derby station’s improvement project has taken a major step forward with the launch of a joint venture campaign this week. The £200m programme to improve Midland Main Line signalling is run by a partnership between Network Rail a...

Network Rail disputes UTG ‘fairer’ rail access cost claim

Network Rail disputes UTG ‘fairer’ rail access cost claim

24.01.18: Network Rail officials have written to the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to dispute claims from the Urban Transport Group (UTG) about rail access costs. The UTG had initially claimed that future changes to costs imposed on regional rail ser...

Weekend of heavy rain causes landslide chaos across the UK

Weekend of heavy rain causes landslide chaos across the UK

23.01.18: A weekend of extremely heavy rain in certain parts of the country has led to multiple line closures as landslides caused disruption and damage. On Sunday, a landslip at Dinas Rhondda in Wales closed the line between Porth and Treherbert aft...

Grayling: ‘No obvious passenger benefit’ to Midland Main Line electrification

Grayling: ‘No obvious passenger benefit’ to Midland Main Line electrification

23.01.18: Transport secretary Chris Grayling told the Commons Transport Committee yesterday that his decision to cancel further electrification on the Midland Main Line north of Kettering came down to the value for money provided by the project. In a...

Work begins to ‘future-proof’ Ashford International for new Eurostar trains

Work begins to ‘future-proof’ Ashford International for new Eurostar trains

15.01.18: Work has begun on a £10m project to prepare Ashford International station for the new e320 Eurostar trains. The upgrades are backed by Kent County Council and Ashford Borough Council, with funding coming from the South East Local Ente...

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

Flint track modernisation work set to get underway

11.01.18: Track upgrade work in Flint is set to start later this month as part of Network Rail’s £50m North Wales railway upgrade project. The infrastructure operator says work, expected to be completed by April, is necessary to improve t...

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

Overground between Gospel Oak and Barking to reopen after ‘once-in-a-generation upgrade’

10.01.18: London Overground services are set to return between Gospel Oak and Barking next week following the installation of new overhead electric lines. Opening on Monday 15 January, the work will allow new electric trains to be introduced on the l...

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

Electrification means Blackpool and Preston railway connected to WCML for first time

05.01.18: Electrification between Blackpool and Preston over Christmas means the railway between the two areas has an overhead wire connection with the West Coast Main Line for the first time ever. Part of the Great North Rail Project and linked with...

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

Southampton track gets £8m upgrade

02.01.18: Southampton has seen the completion of an £8m track upgrade over the Christmas period. The track renewal work, which was carried out between Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, saw over 6,000 metres of cabling and 200 metres of track...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... 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 East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >