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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...

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...

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Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

24/04/2017Crossrail unveils striking ceiling images at Farringdon and Liverpool Street stations

Crossrail has this week completed work on the architectural ceilings at the Farringdon and Liverpool Street Elizabeth Line stations and released ... more >
London Midland launches new Motion entertainment service on trains

24/04/2017London Midland launches new Motion entertainment service on trains

London Midland has today launched a service that provides customers with an entertainment package featuring films, TV programmes, games and magaz... more >
Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

24/04/2017Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

Northern has announced its reduced timetable in preparation for industrial action that is set to go ahead this Friday, saying that 55 of its rout... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive abo... more > more last word articles >

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Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

11/04/2017Digital service to reunite passengers with lost valuables trialled in Wales

Customers pulling their hair out at constantly leaving their valuables on the train may be in luck, as an innovative new system may help them track down their possessions. The system, FindMyLost, is a digital service which allows passengers and railway staff who find an item to put it online with a description, along with a photo and deta... more >
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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >