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Are you ready for apprenticeship changes?

Are you ready for apprenticeship changes?

09.03.17: Dan Walker, head of apprenticeship delivery at National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), explains how the organisation’s apprenticeship programmes are essential for employers who are serious about skills in the changing marketplace. ...

Countdown to Railtex continues

Countdown to Railtex continues

09.03.17: Ken Harris writing on behalf of Mack Brooks Exhibitions gives RTM an update on the preparations ahead of this year’s Railtex, which takes place from 9-11 May at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. With Railtex 2017, the UK&r...

Do we have credible costing methods for major projects?

Do we have credible costing methods for major projects?

06.03.17: Lord Berkeley, chairman of the Rail Freight Group and member of RTM’s editorial board, questions the methodology of estimating costs on major projects, including Great Western electrification. For some time I have been strongly critic...

The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01.02.17: Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s ‘ERTMS and ETCS 2017: The Future of Railway Signalling in the UK’ conference. Simulation...

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...

Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01.02.17: Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country’s railways. Over the last few years there has been a great deal of discussion within the i...

A better railway depends on harnessing technology

A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27.01.17: Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to continue to improve rail services going forward. Recent weeks have seen much discussion among po...

Ensuring a fair compensation deal

Ensuring a fair compensation deal

24.01.17: Anthony Smith, chief executive of Transport Focus, on the importance of delivering fair compensation to passengers. What makes a passenger feel that they are getting a fair deal from their train company? Our research shows that the absolute...

Skills challenge: From strategy to action

Skills challenge: From strategy to action

24.01.17: Elaine Clark, manager of Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM), explains how the region is already taking innovative action to tackle the national skills shortage. The skills shortages in the rail industry have been well documented for some time....

BIM level 2: what will it mean for you?

BIM level 2: what will it mean for you?

24.01.17: Alan Barrow, managing director of ABA Surveying Ltd, discusses the importance of BIM and the significant interest in the recently launched BIM4Rail. BIM Level 2, meaning collaborative working with the project data being freely available to...

Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

Exhibitors prepare for France’s rail technology showcase

20.01.17: Florence Gaidet from Mack Brooks gives RTM an update on what people can expect from SIFER 2017, France’s showcase for railway technology, products and services. SIFER, France’s showcase for railway technology, products and servi...

Digitising asset management

Digitising asset management

20.01.17: RTM speaks to James Dean, Network Rail’s director of route asset management (DRAM), LNW, about the work the infrastructure owner is carrying out to digitise asset management across the business to meet the growing demands of the UK’s...

Achieving efficiency through standards

Achieving efficiency through standards

17.01.17: Vaibhav Puri, head of standards policy at the RSSB, attempts to bust the myths around standards, and argues that they will be vital to the trading relationship of the rail industry and its supply chain in a post-Brexit world. You could be f...

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...

Vital transport links closer to being a reality

Vital transport links closer to being a reality

17.01.17: David Brown, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN), shares his thoughts on the government’s announcement of HS2 Phase 2b. The publication of the Command Paper in November 2016 for Phase 2b of HS2 was a much welcome ‘s...

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How two-way radio can boost worker safety

22/05/2018How two-way radio can boost worker safety

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UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

05/04/2018UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general ... more >

editor's comment

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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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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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 >
Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

23/01/2018Thameslink: Nearing the end of the line

RTM’s Josh Mines catches up with Mark Somers, project director for Thameslink, on how the final stages of the programme are progressing and... more >
Modernising journeys in north east England

09/11/2017Modernising journeys in north east England

First Hull Trains is about to embark on the biggest fleet overhaul it has delivered since being set up in 2000. Managing director Will Dunnett te... more >
Ian Prosser: Safety by design

02/11/2017Ian Prosser: Safety by design

Ian Prosser, the ORR’s chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety, outlines to RTM’s Josh Mines the key challenges fa... more >