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New tool uses ‘incontrovertibly accurate’ big data algorithm to avert SPADs

New tool uses ‘incontrovertibly accurate’ big data algorithm to avert SPADs

09.06.17: A new software has used big data involving more than a hundred million incidences of trains approaching signals on the UK rail network in order to help operators ensure that the likelihood of trains passing red lights are vastly reduce...

Guidance published to manage risk of signalling transitions for drivers

Guidance published to manage risk of signalling transitions for drivers

06.06.17: Guidance has been released this week to help the rail industry prepare drivers for transitions between Class B (AWS and TPWS) and ETCS (European Train Control System) signalling systems. In research released yesterday, the RSSB interviewed...

Why are S&C layouts failing?

Why are S&C layouts failing?

17.05.17: Dr Sin Sin Hsu, programme engineering manager IP Track Development at Network Rail, analyses why switch and crossing (S&C) layouts fail prematurely and how a Good Practice Guide to S&C design helps mitigate the risk. S&C perform...

A year of major Metro renewals

A year of major Metro renewals

15.05.17: The Tyne and Wear Metro is set for another major programme of track replacement work in 2017 as part of the £350m modernisation of the system, explains Raymond Johnstone, director of rail and infrastructure at Nexus. Nexus, the public...

A first of type level crossing

A first of type level crossing

11.05.17: Peter Barber, principal engineer (Track) in the Capital Projects Directorate at London Underground (LU), explains how a first of type level crossing, intersecting the A28 next to Rolvenden station on the Kent & East Sussex Railway (KESR), wa...

Digital Railway: four steps forward

Digital Railway: four steps forward

05.05.17: Shortly before the general election was called, the Digital Railway team announced several major updates to its programme. RTM’s Luana Salles reports. On 13 April, Digital Railway took the rail sector by surprise by revealing a series...

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...

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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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >