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Collaborative  working and the SME

Collaborative working and the SME

31.10.13: Carla Whyte, EMEA product marketing manager at BSI, gets under the skin of this valuable business tool. Collaborative working is not new. Although on a business front it was once seen to be the prerogative of large organisations, that is no lon...

Is GRP composite the answer to speeding up improvements to our rail network?

Is GRP composite the answer to speeding up improvements to our rail network?

31.10.13: With glass-reinforced plastic (GRP) technology now a standard construction material in a variety of industries, is it time the rail industry took a fresh look at this versatile and durable composite? Stuart Burns, managing director of Dura Composi...

What can we learn about introducing ATO from around the world?

What can we learn about introducing ATO from around the world?

31.10.13: Jeremy Long, CEO of MTR Europe, explains the safety and service delivery benefits of automatic train operation and lessons on its implementation from around the globe. Automatic train operation (ATO) is beginning to appear across our rail net...

Investing in Britain’s future  – hit or miss for rail infrastructure?

Investing in Britain’s future – hit or miss for rail infrastructure?

01.09.13: Mark Cowlard, head of rail at infrastructure consultancy EC Harris, discusses the impact of the Government’s spending policies on transport.  The Chancellor teased us with the ‘greatest investment in rail since the Victorian er...

Thameslink: The inside track on Siemens’ largest UK rail transport deal

Thameslink: The inside track on Siemens’ largest UK rail transport deal

01.09.13: The Thameslink signing is a landmark for Siemens UK, but also a milestone for project financing in the post-recession environment, says Johannes Schmidt, CEO of Project & Structured Finance Infrastructure and Cities & Industry at Siemens F...

Why supply chain maps could prevent the rail industry from having its own horsemeat scandal

Why supply chain maps could prevent the rail industry from having its own horsemeat scandal

01.09.13: Annette Gevaert, Director of Rail and Transport at Achilles, describes a worrying lack of knowledge among businesses about their supply chains – and what can be done about it. Rail companies should create maps of their supply chains to pr...

The rail industry and Apprenticeships - a great fit

The rail industry and Apprenticeships - a great fit

01.09.13: David Way, executive director of the National Apprenticeship Service, discusses the rising profile of apprenticeships in the rail industry and their growing attraction for young people.  Apprenticeships are becoming the new norm for ambiti...

Excellent customer service is critical as new technology takes over

Excellent customer service is critical as new technology takes over

01.09.13: Increased investment in rail infrastructure and the rise in popularity of e-commerce and social media are placing technology skills in high demand in the industry. However, these changes are also putting pressure on staff to deliver excellent cu...

Modelling UK rail demand and capacity to 2100

Modelling UK rail demand and capacity to 2100

01.09.13: Dr Simon Blainey and Professor John Preston of the Transportation Research Group at the University of Southampton describe an ambitious forecasting project for rail demand. Anyone who has had any involvement in rail demand forecasting will know...

Power is nothing without Protection and Control

Power is nothing without Protection and Control

01.09.13: Engineering consultancy Frazer-Nash has been working with Network Rail to construct a safety case for the development and subsequent roll-out of Integrated Protection and Control (IPC), an important component of the electrification of main routes...

There’s no point railing against change

There’s no point railing against change

01.07.13: Jason Byrne, principal at consultancy Moorhouse, discusses some worrying problems in the transport and infrastructure sectors. The news that a third of the Government’s 200 biggest infrastructure projects are either over-budget or del...

Training facilities inspection

Training facilities inspection

01.07.13: Derek Walker, NSARE’s training & accreditation manager, explains why NSARE was requested to undertake an exercise to confirm that all the sites currently used for ‘Track Induction’, ‘Machine Controller’, ‘...

A rail strategy for the North of England

A rail strategy for the North of England

01.07.13: Transport Authorities across the North of England have commissioned a new rail strategy setting out a consensual vision and ambition for the coming decades. RTM talked to Euan Mackay from the consultant team at Steer Davies Gleave to find out mo...

Does collaboration work?

Does collaboration work?

01.07.13: It is recognised that collaboration will help companies deliver rail projects more efficiently, but is this really the case? A year on from gaining BS 11000 certification, Steve Higham, managing director of Rail Engineering Projects at Atkins, e...

Enhancing innovation in the rail sector

Enhancing innovation in the rail sector

01.05.13: Annette Gevaert is director of rail and transport at Achilles, the leading provider of supplier information management services. She has oversight of Link-up, the UK rail industry supplier registration and qualification service, which comprises...

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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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >
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 >