Track and signalling

A series of firsts for the Victoria line

A series of firsts for the Victoria line

07.03.16: David Waboso, capital programmes director at London Underground, reminisces about the 13 years’ worth of works that made Victoria Line one of the most reliable in the capital, and previews what its future could look like. Luana Salles repo...

Our holy grail is to provide a pantograph that reacts to the environment

Our holy grail is to provide a pantograph that reacts to the environment

04.03.16: Lee Brun, development and WPS manager at Brecknell Willis, a Wabtec Company, updates RTM on the work to deliver an active pantograph. Last year, RTM reported on the demonstration of a new monitoring system which has been developed to delive...

Transport select committee opens inquiry into Digital Railway

Transport select committee opens inquiry into Digital Railway

24.02.16: Network Rail’s plan for the Digital Railway is the subject of a new inquiry by the Transport Select Committee. The digital railway initiative, being driven by Network Rail’s boss Mark Carne, will see the European Train Control S...

Chiltern line to close for nine day resignalling project as part of £76m investment

Chiltern line to close for nine day resignalling project as part of £76m investment

17.02.16: Resignalling will lead to the closure of the Chiltern line for nine days this summer as part of a £76m upgrade. Network Rail and Chiltern Railways announced yesterday that the line between Leamington Spa, Banbury and Bicester North wi...

New signalling system at London Bridge

New signalling system at London Bridge

09.02.16: Siemens has successfully introduced its new Zone Controller system for the first time in the UK at London Bridge station. It is now controlling the signalling there. Over the Christmas period, three new lines running through the high-level...

Heathrow rail link delay branded ‘pathetic’ by MP

Heathrow rail link delay branded ‘pathetic’ by MP

02.02.16: The slippages in the Western Rail Link to Heathrow project to late CP6 have been branded “pathetic” by Slough MP Fiona Mactaggart. Speaking to BBC Radio Berkshire yesterday, the Labour MP also suggested the link “does not have...

Nexus starts track replacement as part of shrunken programme

Nexus starts track replacement as part of shrunken programme

26.01.16: The owner and manager of the Tyne & Wear Metro, Nexus, is set to start track replacement works on its lines in North Tyneside this year as part of a £350m modernisation programme. The company will replace a total of 8.7km of track...

RAIB to investigate post-storm responses to Lamington Viaduct

RAIB to investigate post-storm responses to Lamington Viaduct

25.01.16: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into Network Rail’s actions and processes after Storm Frank’s destructive impact on the Lamington Viaduct last month. The viaduct in South Lanarkshire w...

GWML electrification dates revealed

GWML electrification dates revealed

22.01.16: Sir Peter Hendy has revealed the completion dates of each element of the delayed Great Western Main Line electrification programme in an updated report today (22 January). All elements of the programme will only start seeing electric trains...

Fast-tracking at Norton Bridge

Fast-tracking at Norton Bridge

18.12.15: Greg Salisbury, senior project manager for track and OLE on the Staffordshire Alliance, talks to RTM about the project’s new track-laying record. Work on the £250m Stafford Area Improvements Programme (SAIP) is entering its fina...

Thameslink test train runs across London under ETCS control

Thameslink test train runs across London under ETCS control

16.12.15: In a crucial milestone for the Thameslink programme, a Network Rail Class 313 test train has been able to run through central London entirely under ETCS control over two weekends of testing. The trial’s success marked the culmination...

Parts of WCML reopened after track and signalling submerged in floodwater overnight

Parts of WCML reopened after track and signalling submerged in floodwater overnight

07.12.15: Most of the northern section of the West Coast Main Line has been reopened after extensive flooding of the tracks over the weekend as a result of the unprecedented ‘Storm Desmond’ in the north of England. But the railway north o...

First wires go up on GWML, but programme uncertainties remain

First wires go up on GWML, but programme uncertainties remain

16.11.15: Network Rail engineers installed the first overhead wires for the Great Western Main Line electrification programme (GWEP) last week. One mile (1.6km) of earth wire went up on the lines west of Reading between Pangbourne and Tilehurst &ndas...

Rugby ROC opens to take over Stafford Area signalling

Rugby ROC opens to take over Stafford Area signalling

16.11.15: One of the 12 Network Rail operating centres nationwide was opened last week as part of the long-term strategy to replace antiquated signal boxes and streamline the signalling workforce. The Rugby Rail Operating Centre (ROC) is one of a doz...

North Wales devolved rail body to tackle electrification

North Wales devolved rail body to tackle electrification

12.11.15: Welsh leaders attending a rail summit today (12 November) in Llandudno are set to refine and agree to details of a major new body designed to drive forward rail modernisation in North Wales. The summit, attended by rail minister Claire Perr...

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Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18/05/2018Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of... more >
Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18/05/2018Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), ... more >
Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

18/05/2018Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will change the times of every single service as part of its Rail Plan 20/20 programme. In order to run an additi... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >
Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18/05/2018Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new U... more >
A year of change for the north

18/05/2018A year of change for the north

Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the comi... more >
Make way for the D-Train

15/05/2018Make way for the D-Train

Adrian Shooter, chairman of Vivarail and former chairman of Chiltern Railways, provides an exclusive update on D-Train technology and talks about... 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 >