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Suppliers offer boost to digital railway plans

Suppliers offer boost to digital railway plans

21.03.17: David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), explains why the success of the supply chain will be the success of the digital railway, and the success of the digital railway will be the success of the supply chain. ...

5G: The era when your internet will be quicker than your train

5G: The era when your internet will be quicker than your train

16.03.17: Prof Mischa Dohler, fellow of the IEEE & RSA, King’s College London and Worldsensing, Prof Dimitra Simeonidou, from the University of Bristol and Bristol is Open, and Prof Rahim Tafazolli, of the 5G Innovation Centre at the University...

Alstom completes Class 313 ETCS upgrade

Alstom completes Class 313 ETCS upgrade

14.02.17: Alstom has finished upgrading its ETCS technology on Network Rail’s Class 313 train, meaning it is now compatible with ERTMS Baseline 3. Network Rail will now begin using the train for testing and commissioning work in order to delive...

Digital railway maintenance

Digital railway maintenance

01.02.17: Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to maximise return on investment. Over recent years Network Rail has made significant progress in del...

ORR warns that ROC risks ‘not yet adequately assessed’ by Network Rail

ORR warns that ROC risks ‘not yet adequately assessed’ by Network Rail

27.01.17: The chief inspector of railways, Ian Prosser, has told the Transport Select Committee that Network Rail has not yet assessed all of the risks arising from its move to rail operating centres (ROC). The infrastructure operator is currently tr...

New strategy needed to tackle ‘digital deserts’ on rail routes

New strategy needed to tackle ‘digital deserts’ on rail routes

27.01.17: RTM’s David Stevenson looks at the perennial issue of poor mobile coverage on the railways, and how the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) wants the problem to be tackled. Mobile coverage on Britain’s 19,000 miles of railw...

A digital railway for a modern Britain

A digital railway for a modern Britain

17.01.17: David Waboso CBE, managing director of Group Digital Railway, discusses using digital technology and how we must work together better as an industry. Passenger numbers have doubled since the mid-1990s and are forecast to double again over t...

European Commission postpones ‘unrealistic’ ERTMS target dates

European Commission postpones ‘unrealistic’ ERTMS target dates

06.01.17: Targets for implementing the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS) will be postponed until 2023, the European Commission has announced. The Commission set a new deadline of installing ERTMS on around 50% of the routes covered by n...

IMechE calls for Digital Railway and ERTMS to be fast-tracked

IMechE calls for Digital Railway and ERTMS to be fast-tracked

05.01.17: Digital Railway and other innovations must be fast-tracked to deliver sufficient capacity on British railways, according to a new report from the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE). IMechE argued that British rail is “in hea...

Digital Railway moves forward as Hitachi begins ETCS testing of Class 800s

Digital Railway moves forward as Hitachi begins ETCS testing of Class 800s

18.11.16: The Digital Railway programme has hit a major milestone as Hitachi Rail Europe began testing digital technology on its Intercity Express Programme (IEP) trains, set to enter passenger services on the Great Western route from next year. The...

Making rail history

Making rail history

15.11.16: An innovative approach to partnership working has helped S&C North Alliance make rail history on the East Coast Main Line (ECML) by delivering the UK’s first 125mph handback on a S&C renewal. Neil Johnson, alliance director, explai...

Virgin East Coast set for 24-hour strike

Virgin East Coast set for 24-hour strike

26.09.16: Staff on Virgin East Coast are due to strike for 24 hours on 3 October after RMT announced industrial action. The union said the strike was because Virgin was threatening to cut nearly 200 jobs, and that the company is suffering financial l...

Network Rail abandons plans to privatise telecoms network

Network Rail abandons plans to privatise telecoms network

20.09.16: Network Rail’s telecoms network has been excluded from its planned sale of assets, the infrastructure owner has confirmed. Network Rail announced in March that it is considering selling off a wide range of assets, including its fibre...

Delivering a seamless wireless experience for customers

Delivering a seamless wireless experience for customers

15.09.16: An innovative collaboration to deliver a seamless wireless experience for customers has led to an industry first for Chiltern Railways. Hans Stiles, the operator’s head of IT, explains how. Five years ago, Chiltern Railways became the...

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...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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 >