Track and signalling

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...

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...

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Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

18/05/2018Bid to reopen Bristol line rejected by DfT

Proposals to fund the re-opening of a Somerset rail line have been halted by the government’s refusal to finance the plans. As part of... more >
Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

18/05/2018Welsh trains £200k makeover set to start

Work begins today on an 18-month programme to modernise fleets of Welsh trains. A £200,000 investment from Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), ... more >
Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

18/05/2018Every single service affected by major GTR timetable shakeup

Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will change the times of every single service as part of its Rail Plan 20/20 programme. In order to run an additi... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >
Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

18/05/2018Gordon Wakeford: The rail industrial revolution

Gordon Wakeford, managing director of the Siemens Mobility Division, explains how the company plans to make Yorkshire the base for the new U... more >
A year of change for the north

18/05/2018A year of change for the north

Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the comi... more >
Make way for the D-Train

15/05/2018Make way for the D-Train

Adrian Shooter, chairman of Vivarail and former chairman of Chiltern Railways, provides an exclusive update on D-Train technology and talks about... 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 >