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Moving forward with Track to the Future

Moving forward with Track to the Future

15.09.16: Professor William Powrie, dean of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Southampton, gives RTM and update on the innovative Track to the Future project. Last year, RTM reported on the announcement of a major new programme grant kn...

Hitachi granted ETCS deployment approval by ORR in industry first

Hitachi granted ETCS deployment approval by ORR in industry first

08.09.16: In an industry first, Hitachi has been given approval by the ORR to use its modern in-cab signalling system on UK passenger services, marking an important milestone in the nationwide Digital Railway programme. The company recently successfu...

New Tube for London: learning from past mistakes

New Tube for London: learning from past mistakes

05.09.16: Transport for London (TfL) has committed to learn from the mistakes made in the Four Lines Modernisation Automatic Control (4LM ATC) programme in order to improve its signalling procurement for New Tube for London – but major issues have a...

Gearing up for Severn Tunnel electrification

Gearing up for Severn Tunnel electrification

31.08.16: Brian Paynter, head of programme, planning and integration IP Track, Plain Line at Network Rail, and Daniel De Luca, project manager at the infrastructure owner, discuss the challenges in the enabling work ahead of a significant closure of the S...

Siemens grabs Port Talbot re-signalling contract as part of GWML electrification

Siemens grabs Port Talbot re-signalling contract as part of GWML electrification

12.08.16: Siemens has bagged a Network Rail contract for the GRIP 5 to 8 stages of the Port Talbot West Phase 1 re-signalling project, which will see the last section of the Great Western Main Line converted for electrification ahead of the new Intercity...

Chiltern line £76m track and signalling upgrade complete after nine-day closure

Chiltern line £76m track and signalling upgrade complete after nine-day closure

09.08.16: The railway line between Banbury, Bicester and Leamington Spa reopened yesterday (8 August) after nine days of closure to allow Network Rail engineers to complete a £76m upgrade to the Chiltern main line’s track and signalling. ...

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

08.08.16: Transport minister Humza Yousaf joined engineers on Friday to celebrate the early completion of the major £60m refurb project at Glasgow Queen Street tunnel, as part of preparations for the Glasgow-Edinburgh main line electrification next...

Exclusive: Network Rail to delay fully integrated TMS at Romford ROC

Exclusive: Network Rail to delay fully integrated TMS at Romford ROC

02.08.16: Network Rail is to delay fully integrating traffic management functionality at its Romford Rail Operating Centre (ROC), as there are a still a number of risks that need to be mitigated before full commissioning. At the beginning of June, th...

Exclusive: Digital Railway pilot revised as Waboso focuses on route issues

Exclusive: Digital Railway pilot revised as Waboso focuses on route issues

22.07.16: Network Rail is set to revise the Digital Railway’s Norwich – Yarmouth – Lowestoft (NYL) pilot which was being designed to  showcase the full deployment of digital technology by the end of CP5, RTM has learned. After...

Developing a case for preformed embankment structures

Developing a case for preformed embankment structures

17.06.16: Peter Woodward, Atkins Professor of High Speed Railways and director of the Institute for Infrastructure & Environment at Heriot-Watt University, explains how costs for embankments could potentially be reduced if the industry moves towards p...

Romford ROC to have fully integrated TMS by November, but no date set for Wales yet

Romford ROC to have fully integrated TMS by November, but no date set for Wales yet

10.06.16: Fully integrated traffic management functionality at Network Rail’s Romford Rail Operating Centre (ROC) will be delivered in November 2016, rail minister Claire Perry has stated. However, in a Parliamentary answer to shadow transport...

A cultural shift is needed to deliver digital railway

A cultural shift is needed to deliver digital railway

08.06.16: Ben Dunlop, digital railway director at Atkins, looks at the need for the digital railway to be part of a whole-industry approach, and the cultural change needed to deliver the project. Safety, cost and performance are three vital metrics f...

Digital railway is already underway

Digital railway is already underway

07.06.16: Martin Arter, Digital Railway development director, explains the future opportunities digital railway will offer the sector and supply chain. Fully integrated traffic management functionality at Network Rail’s Romford Rail Operating C...

Digital signalling: the biggest game changer since conversion from steam to diesel

Digital signalling: the biggest game changer since conversion from steam to diesel

07.06.16: Peter Wilkinson, managing director, Passenger Services, DfT, Rail Executive, writes for RTM about the digital future of the railway and how it will contribute to the sustainability of the sector. Our railways are an important economic asset...

Digital Railway cheapest option but 'will require extra funding in CP5'

Digital Railway cheapest option but 'will require extra funding in CP5'

24.05.16: Delivering the Digital Railway will be the cheapest option for increasing capacity in the railway by up to 40%, the chief executive of Network Rail admitted ahead of the programme’s finalised business plan, expected towards the end of the...

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NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

16/02/2018NIC chair: Government must commit to clear plan for Crossrail 2 and NPR

Progress on Crossrail 2 and Northern Powerhouse Rail has been branded “hugely disappointing”, by the National Infrastructure Commission... more >
RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

16/02/2018RMT announces further 24-hour strike on Northern and Merseyrail

Further strike action on Merseyrail and Northern has been confirmed by RMT, whose members will strike for 24 hours on 3 March as part of a long-run... more >
Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

15/02/2018Northern line extension: TfL warns of 5-month disruption to Bank branch services

TfL has cautioned passengers on the Northern Line about upgrade works which mean Bank branch services will go for a 5-month period without stoppi... 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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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 >