Track and signalling

East West Rail looks ahead to Bicester-Bedford and MK-Aylesbury

East West Rail looks ahead to Bicester-Bedford and MK-Aylesbury

08.09.15: Network Rail opened the first round of consultation yesterday (7 September) for phase 2 of the Western section of East West Rail. The scheme includes plans to upgrade and reconstruct existing and mothballed sections of track linking Bedford...

Supply chain worried about more CP5 project delays under Hendy review

Supply chain worried about more CP5 project delays under Hendy review

04.09.15: The heads of two of Network Rail’s most important suppliers say the “uncertainty” thrown up by the reviews into the company’s capabilities and future must end.  Philip Hoare, head of the Transportation division...

Alliance installs new signalling system at Stafford

Alliance installs new signalling system at Stafford

02.09.15: Network Rail has completed a major project to install a new railway signalling system at Stafford over the bank holiday weekend.  The resignalling work, which included 78 new signal heads being commissioned, forms the second phase of t...

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

Concreting train arrives ready for Crossrail track work

17.08.15: The ‘concreting train’ that will enable the fit-out of Crossrail’s standard track slab has arrived at the Plumstead railhead in south-east London. The 465-metre long train, refurbished and brought to the UK from France via...

Balfour Beatty dropped from north west electrification

Balfour Beatty dropped from north west electrification

13.08.15: Balfour Beatty and Network Rail have agreed that the company will not continue its work on the North West Electrification project, as part of a proposed alliance. In Balfour Beatty’s half-yearly results announced yesterday, it said: &...

Stafford re-signalling set for August bank holiday commissioning

Stafford re-signalling set for August bank holiday commissioning

12.08.15: Nearly 80 new signals will be installed in the Stafford area over the August bank holiday weekend, improving the reliability of the equipment on this section of the West Coast Main Line.  As part of the £250m Stafford Area Improv...

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

GSM-R contract for Heathrow tunnels

05.08.15: GSM-R coverage is to be extended from the Great Western Main Line into the Heathrow tunnels, under a new Network Rail contract awarded to ADComms. The installation is a key enabler for Crossrail and of ETCS (European Train Control System) l...

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

LU and Thales finalise contract for sub-surface railway resignalling

03.08.15: Transport for London has finally hammered out the details of the contract to resignal London Underground’s four subsurface lines, 15 months after pre-selecting Thales to do the work. Bombardier won the original contract in June 2011...

Connecting Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line

Connecting Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line

01.08.15: Track is now completely laid from Oxford Parkway to the Chiltern Main Line, with the final connection of the two lines expected in September. Andy Milne, senior programme manager at Network Rail, talks to RTM about this major milestone. Two...

University of Nottingham researchers investigate use of ‘new materials’ for improving railway drainage

University of Nottingham researchers investigate use of ‘new materials’ for improving railway drainage

01.08.15: Dr Alec Marshall, lecturer in geomechanics at the University of Nottingham’s Department of Civil Engineering, writes for RTM on research into railway drainage systems, for which he is principal investigator. Researchers at the Univers...

Laying the way at Winchburgh

Laying the way at Winchburgh

01.08.15: Neil Barnes (pictured), rail director at Morgan Sindall, explains how upgrading the railway through Winchburgh Tunnel during a 44-day blockade will play a vital role in the electrification of the main Edinburgh-Glasgow Queen Street line. Ov...

Stafford set for resignalling switchover

Stafford set for resignalling switchover

01.08.15: Ian Johnson (pictured), Alliance operations manager on the Stafford Area Improvements Programme, talks to RTM about the major resignalling commissioning work at Stafford. David Stevenson reports. The £250m Stafford Area Improvements...

A transportation network for the next generation

A transportation network for the next generation

01.08.15: The UK’s rail and wider transportation sectors are undergoing a communications revolution. Set to deliver a huge number of industry benefits, a series of vital upgrades could even act as a catalyst for social change. Jason Pearce, chief ex...

Traffic management for the Thameslink core

Traffic management for the Thameslink core

01.08.15: RTM’s Adam Hewitt spoke to the people responsible for delivering traffic management for Thameslink: Hitachi Rail Europe managing director Karen Boswell, Tim Gray from Hitachi-owned TRE, and Network Rail’s Martin Chatfield and Gary Po...

Resilience of concrete rail support systems

Resilience of concrete rail support systems

01.08.15: Dr William Coombs and Dr Joseph Ghaffari Motlagh from the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University are undertaking a two-year research project to understand the structural resilience of concrete rail support systems. ...

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RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

22/02/2018RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

The RAIB has launched an investigation into the loss of speed restriction data to trains during an incident on 20 October on the Cambrian coast lin... more >
Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

22/02/2018Seat design needs more scientific approach to ensure comfort, says industry

There should be more research into the design of train seats in order to provide a more comfortable and safer experience for passengers, the RSSB h... more >
Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

22/02/2018Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

Over 700 jobs have been safeguarded as Carillion’s Network Rail contracts have been acquired by Amey Rail Ltd. The transfers come after Ca... 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 >