Track and signalling

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...

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

‘All in it together’ pure alliance nudges Ordsall Chord to final phase

18.08.17: The alliance taking forward the Ordsall Chord under a multidisciplinary partnership approach has been celebrated as the chief reason behind the scheme’s punctual progress towards the last stages of work before its December debut. Spea...

Grayling throws three major electrification plans out the window 

Grayling throws three major electrification plans out the window 

20.07.17: The government has decided to call off plans to electrify a string of major routes based on the premise that bi-mode trains already provide seamless transfer from diesel power to electric, in a move the Welsh government argued “amounted to...

RIA: Future of rail renewals work in jeopardy following poor CP5

RIA: Future of rail renewals work in jeopardy following poor CP5

19.07.17: Downturns in renewals works at the end of CP5 and a lack of enhancement development work for CP6 pose a “significant threat” to future works for the UK rail sector and its supply chain, the Rail Industry Association (RIA) has warned....

Plugging solar power into our railways

Plugging solar power into our railways

17.07.17: Dr Nathaniel Bottrell, research associate at Imperial College London (ICL), talks about the Renewable Traction Project, which is investigating the use of solar energy to power our rail network – especially in areas where the electricity gr...

East meets west

East meets west

13.07.17: Louise Moore, engineering manager for HV power at Crossrail, tells RTM how two great railways will be joined by electrifying at 50kV under central London. A dedicated team of engineers is working around the clock on Crossrail – Europe...

A collaborative approach to industry architecture

A collaborative approach to industry architecture

03.07.17: Last year, the first iteration of an industry architecture that will underpin the digital transformation of the rail network was completed. RTM’s David Stevenson discusses the work behind the programme with senior representatives from BAE Sy...

Network Rail appoints Arcadis to support Digital Railway

Network Rail appoints Arcadis to support Digital Railway

21.06.17: Network Rail has appointed Arcadis as a programme partner (systems) to help shape the Digital Railway programme ahead of implementation. Supported by Ramboll, Arcadis will deliver a range of services to the project including technical leade...

Research to transform future of traffic management systems released

Research to transform future of traffic management systems released

20.06.17: Two crucial pieces of research that outline how technology will transform the next generation of traffic management systems (TMS) have today been released by the RSSB. The projects, which are part of the Future Traffic Regulation and Optimi...

New tool uses ‘incontrovertibly accurate’ big data algorithm to avert SPADs

New tool uses ‘incontrovertibly accurate’ big data algorithm to avert SPADs

09.06.17: A new software has used big data involving more than a hundred million incidences of trains approaching signals on the UK rail network in order to help operators ensure that the likelihood of trains passing red lights are vastly reduce...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >