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Hitachi granted ETCS deployment approval by ORR in industry first

Hitachi granted ETCS deployment approval by ORR in industry first

08.09.16: In an industry first, Hitachi has been given approval by the ORR to use its modern in-cab signalling system on UK passenger services, marking an important milestone in the nationwide Digital Railway programme. The company recently successfu...

New Tube for London: learning from past mistakes

New Tube for London: learning from past mistakes

05.09.16: Transport for London (TfL) has committed to learn from the mistakes made in the Four Lines Modernisation Automatic Control (4LM ATC) programme in order to improve its signalling procurement for New Tube for London – but major issues have a...

Gearing up for Severn Tunnel electrification

Gearing up for Severn Tunnel electrification

31.08.16: Brian Paynter, head of programme, planning and integration IP Track, Plain Line at Network Rail, and Daniel De Luca, project manager at the infrastructure owner, discuss the challenges in the enabling work ahead of a significant closure of the S...

Siemens grabs Port Talbot re-signalling contract as part of GWML electrification

Siemens grabs Port Talbot re-signalling contract as part of GWML electrification

12.08.16: Siemens has bagged a Network Rail contract for the GRIP 5 to 8 stages of the Port Talbot West Phase 1 re-signalling project, which will see the last section of the Great Western Main Line converted for electrification ahead of the new Intercity...

Chiltern line £76m track and signalling upgrade complete after nine-day closure

Chiltern line £76m track and signalling upgrade complete after nine-day closure

09.08.16: The railway line between Banbury, Bicester and Leamington Spa reopened yesterday (8 August) after nine days of closure to allow Network Rail engineers to complete a £76m upgrade to the Chiltern main line’s track and signalling. ...

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

Early Glasgow Queen Street tunnel completion paves the way for electric trains

08.08.16: Transport minister Humza Yousaf joined engineers on Friday to celebrate the early completion of the major £60m refurb project at Glasgow Queen Street tunnel, as part of preparations for the Glasgow-Edinburgh main line electrification next...

Exclusive: Network Rail to delay fully integrated TMS at Romford ROC

Exclusive: Network Rail to delay fully integrated TMS at Romford ROC

02.08.16: Network Rail is to delay fully integrating traffic management functionality at its Romford Rail Operating Centre (ROC), as there are a still a number of risks that need to be mitigated before full commissioning. At the beginning of June, th...

Exclusive: Digital Railway pilot revised as Waboso focuses on route issues

Exclusive: Digital Railway pilot revised as Waboso focuses on route issues

22.07.16: Network Rail is set to revise the Digital Railway’s Norwich – Yarmouth – Lowestoft (NYL) pilot which was being designed to  showcase the full deployment of digital technology by the end of CP5, RTM has learned. After...

Developing a case for preformed embankment structures

Developing a case for preformed embankment structures

17.06.16: Peter Woodward, Atkins Professor of High Speed Railways and director of the Institute for Infrastructure & Environment at Heriot-Watt University, explains how costs for embankments could potentially be reduced if the industry moves towards p...

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...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of 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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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 >