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Nexus starts track replacement as part of shrunken programme

Nexus starts track replacement as part of shrunken programme

26.01.16: The owner and manager of the Tyne & Wear Metro, Nexus, is set to start track replacement works on its lines in North Tyneside this year as part of a £350m modernisation programme. The company will replace a total of 8.7km of track...

RAIB to investigate post-storm responses to Lamington Viaduct

RAIB to investigate post-storm responses to Lamington Viaduct

25.01.16: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into Network Rail’s actions and processes after Storm Frank’s destructive impact on the Lamington Viaduct last month. The viaduct in South Lanarkshire w...

GWML electrification dates revealed

GWML electrification dates revealed

22.01.16: Sir Peter Hendy has revealed the completion dates of each element of the delayed Great Western Main Line electrification programme in an updated report today (22 January). All elements of the programme will only start seeing electric trains...

Fast-tracking at Norton Bridge

Fast-tracking at Norton Bridge

18.12.15: Greg Salisbury, senior project manager for track and OLE on the Staffordshire Alliance, talks to RTM about the project’s new track-laying record. Work on the £250m Stafford Area Improvements Programme (SAIP) is entering its fina...

Thameslink test train runs across London under ETCS control

Thameslink test train runs across London under ETCS control

16.12.15: In a crucial milestone for the Thameslink programme, a Network Rail Class 313 test train has been able to run through central London entirely under ETCS control over two weekends of testing. The trial’s success marked the culmination...

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...

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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 >