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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...

Delays and cutbacks in TMS plans cast doubt on entire Digital Railway

Delays and cutbacks in TMS plans cast doubt on entire Digital Railway

06.05.16: Changes to Network Rail’s Enhancements Delivery Plan (EDP) following the Hendy Review – including further delays to ETCS commissioning on the East Coast and Great Western main lines – mean that phase 1 milestones are likely bei...

A repoint for track switch technology

A repoint for track switch technology

02.05.16: Head of the Control Systems Research Group at Loughborough University, Professor Roger Dixon, discusses the development of the innovative Repoint track switch which has entered into the next stage of development. It began with an idea, an i...

Alstom and Amey seal latest GWML Crossrail re-signalling deals

Alstom and Amey seal latest GWML Crossrail re-signalling deals

27.04.16: Network Rail has awarded two contracts worth a combined £90m to Alstom and Amey as part of the final stage of the full re-signalling of the Great Western Main Line (GWML). The upgrades, crucial to the future operation of Crossrail and...

Japanese knotweed an ‘unknown’ quantity for rail

Japanese knotweed an ‘unknown’ quantity for rail

09.03.16: Will Sillar, founder and managing director of National Knotweed Survey, talks to RTM about the impact Japanese knotweed could have on rail assets in the UK. Japanese knotweed is a highly invasive, non-native plant found in the UK, which is...

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...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, bu... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... 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 >