Track and signalling

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...

TfL to press on with delayed SSR resignalling via Mace-CPC contract

TfL to press on with delayed SSR resignalling via Mace-CPC contract

06.11.15: Transport for London (TfL) has appointed a Mace and CPC Project Services joint venture as its programme support partner to help renew the current signalling systems across the four sub-surface Underground lines. The joint venture will be re...

East West Rail delivery could be delayed by seven years

East West Rail delivery could be delayed by seven years

03.11.15: The East West Rail Western Section, between Oxford and Bedford and Aylesbury and Milton Keynes, may be delayed by three to seven years after a Network Rail draft recommendation suggested the project should be delivered in three phases instead of...

Revolutionising railway maintenance

Revolutionising railway maintenance

01.11.15: Craig Mathys, programme manager at Network Rail, talks to RTM about the introduction of the company’s new fleet of Mobile Maintenance Trains, which have been described as ‘workshops on wheels’. David Stevenson reports. Net...

Understanding electrification risk and complexity

Understanding electrification risk and complexity

01.11.15: RTM attended The Institution of Engineering and Technology’s Railway Electrification seminar to understand the complexity and the requirements for the design of a safe electrified railway. David Stevenson reports. The Institution of E...

‘We don’t want Stafford to be a one-off’ – Interview with Atkins' Philip Hoare

‘We don’t want Stafford to be a one-off’ – Interview with Atkins' Philip Hoare

01.11.15: RTM interviews Philip Hoare, the head of rail for Atkins in the UK who also now runs the company’s wider transportation business, including highways. The ‘pure alliance’ delivering the West Coast Main Line upgrade in Staff...

DfT still to decide whether to delay Great Western electrification

DfT still to decide whether to delay Great Western electrification

22.10.15: Network Rail and the DfT are still in discussions as to whether timescales for the Great Western electrification should be delayed, RTM has learned. In the same week that Network Rail boss Mark Carne revealed the project's costs have nearly...

GW electrification cost estimates treble since 2012 – could hit £2.8bn

GW electrification cost estimates treble since 2012 – could hit £2.8bn

21.10.15: Estimated costs associated with the Great Western electrification programme have nearly doubled since last year and now stand at up to £2.8bn, Network Rail boss, Mark Carne, confirmed today (21 October). The cost estimate, which stood...

NR overspending on renewals but delivers ‘less than expected’

NR overspending on renewals but delivers ‘less than expected’

20.10.15: Network Rail spent £324m (12%) more on renewals during 2014-15 than the ORR signed off on, but has delivered “less than expected”.  In its ‘Annual efficiency and finance assessment of Network Rail 2014-15’...

Specialist track-laying work begins at Norton Bridge ahead of flyover

Specialist track-laying work begins at Norton Bridge ahead of flyover

02.10.15: A new section of track and 11 new bridges are being built to create a flyover at Norton Bridge in a £250m Network Rail project to remove a major bottleneck on the West Coast Main Line. The work, which will deliver capacity to run more...

Midland Main Line electrification unpaused – but delayed by years

Midland Main Line electrification unpaused – but delayed by years

30.09.15: Midland Main Line and TransPennine electrification works are set to restart under plans announced by transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin today (30 September). The ‘unpause’ is part of Sir Peter Hendy’s work to reset Net...

NR told to review asset management strategy after signal post collision

NR told to review asset management strategy after signal post collision

25.09.15: Network Rail has been told to review its asset management strategy to improve the examination and maintenance of its ancillary structures following a collision between a train and a collapsed signal post at Newbury last November.  On 1...

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First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

23/02/2018First Vivarail production train enters final build stage

After a period of radio silence, Vivarail has announced that its long-awaited battery D-Train is in its final build stage and will be in passenger ... more >
Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

23/02/2018Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

Transport for the North (TfN) has announced the appointment of its new Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) director. Tim Wood has already successfull... more >
Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

23/02/2018Array of Thameslink failures mean there are ‘critical tests looming’ for HS2

Despite its progress, the Thameslink Programme still faces substantial challenges that must be addressed to ensure successful delivery – an... 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

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    David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major...
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    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 >