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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...

Guidance published to manage risk of signalling transitions for drivers

Guidance published to manage risk of signalling transitions for drivers

06.06.17: Guidance has been released this week to help the rail industry prepare drivers for transitions between Class B (AWS and TPWS) and ETCS (European Train Control System) signalling systems. In research released yesterday, the RSSB interviewed...

Why are S&C layouts failing?

Why are S&C layouts failing?

17.05.17: Dr Sin Sin Hsu, programme engineering manager IP Track Development at Network Rail, analyses why switch and crossing (S&C) layouts fail prematurely and how a Good Practice Guide to S&C design helps mitigate the risk. S&C perform...

A year of major Metro renewals

A year of major Metro renewals

15.05.17: The Tyne and Wear Metro is set for another major programme of track replacement work in 2017 as part of the £350m modernisation of the system, explains Raymond Johnstone, director of rail and infrastructure at Nexus. Nexus, the public...

A first of type level crossing

A first of type level crossing

11.05.17: Peter Barber, principal engineer (Track) in the Capital Projects Directorate at London Underground (LU), explains how a first of type level crossing, intersecting the A28 next to Rolvenden station on the Kent & East Sussex Railway (KESR), wa...

Digital Railway: four steps forward

Digital Railway: four steps forward

05.05.17: Shortly before the general election was called, the Digital Railway team announced several major updates to its programme. RTM’s Luana Salles reports. On 13 April, Digital Railway took the rail sector by surprise by revealing a series...

The most complex signalling phase in Britain

The most complex signalling phase in Britain

23.03.17: RTM caught up with Richard Scott, programme manager at Network Rail, about the recent successful delivery of the Cardiff Area Signalling Renewals (CASR) project, which has been branded the biggest and most complex signalling phase delivered to d...

The future connected rail system needs a connected community

The future connected rail system needs a connected community

21.03.17: The rail and tech sectors must collaborate to determine the optimal route to the digital railway, writes Julian McGougan, head of technology at techUK. Rail has become a victim of its own success with the network straining to cope, particul...

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Historic Victorian rail bridge given facelift in restoration project

18/10/2018Historic Victorian rail bridge given facelift in restoration project

A historic Victorian-era railway bridge in Wandsworth at Earlsfield station has been restored by engineers. A team of Network Rail engi... more >
New transparent roof ‘first of several’ upgrades announced for Leeds station

18/10/2018New transparent roof ‘first of several’ upgrades announced for Leeds station

Network Rail and the East Coast Main Line Railway board have announced a new state-of-the-art roof will be installed at Leeds station as part of ... more >
HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

18/10/2018HS2 partnership looks to deliver ‘once in a generation’ opportunity at Toton hub site

Nottingham County Council has agreed to go into partnership with a regeneration specialist to prepare the region for the new East Midlands HS2 st... 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 >