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The challenge of completing Crossrail

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05 July 2019With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at how things went wrong. As has been extensively reported, Crossrail is around two years late and, if all...

Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04 July 2019The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), examines how to create a green and efficient future. The need to decarbon...

Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02 July 2019Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clearing our site in Aldershot to make way for Riding Sunbeams’ ‘First Light’ test unit, demo...

Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02 July 2019The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birmingham on 18 July. Get your tickets online here. With increasingly louder voices calling for greater inv...

Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25 June 2019The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a new app. Robert Nisbet, Director of Regions and Nations at the Rail Delivery Group, tells June/July R...

Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

24 June 2019One hundred years on from the birth of the Women in Engineering Society (WES), members of the rail and wider engineering industry gathered today at the Science and Industry Museum in Manchester. A lot has changed since those days of World War One...

Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

20 June 2019RTM talks exclusively to one of the rising stars of the industry and Transport’s Woman of the Year 2018, Anna Delvecchio. Amey’s commercial account director, TransCityRail panellist and Rail Sector Deal co-lead, Delvecchio d...

Hitachi trains for Happy trains

Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10 June 2019ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While ScotRail awaited delivery of the Hitachi Class 385s last year, we had to replace some older trains which had c...

Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10 June 2019Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region of the Midlands. The last time the residents of Darlaston or Willenhall could board a train on their d...

A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10 June 2019Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will look like in 2034. A mere 15 years from now, a description of a rail journey from London to Sheffiel...

No excuse for derailing station IT

No excuse for derailing station IT

10 June 2019Marie Clutterbuck, CMO at Tectrade, discusses the rail sector’s IT vulnerabilities, particularly at stations, and outlines the benefits of zero-day recovery IT architecture. Are you truly a commuter until you’ve reached a mainline sta...

The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10 June 2019Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming years. The Network Rail Engineering Technician apprenticeship program develops the technicians, team...

Dawlish rail investment must be the start of a new transport deal for our region

Dawlish rail investment must be the start of a new transport deal for our region

04 June 2019Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton, gives his perspective on the opportunities the highly-anticipated Dawlish rail line refurbishment will create for the region for the future. As an MP, twice a week I get to ride up and down the trainline from...

Out with the old: London Underground's track renewal works

Out with the old: London Underground's track renewal works

04 June 2019Alistair McLaughlin, programme delivery manager for Balfour Beatty, and John Lambert, head of track programme for Transport for London (TfL), explore the intricacies of London Underground track renewal works as part of the new Integrated Track Tea...

Delivering Metro Plus in Cardiff

Delivering Metro Plus in Cardiff

04 June 2019Cllr Huw David, chair of the Cardiff Capital Region (CCR) Transport Authority, and leader of Bridgend County Borough Council, explains why the recently announced Metro Plus plans will deliver local benefits to counties within the region. Earlier...

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Network Rail partners with Cycling UK for new initiative

03/08/2020Network Rail partners with Cycling UK for new initiative

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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 Year with brand-new infrastructrure to... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, C... more > more last word articles >

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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... more >
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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >
Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >
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 >