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Increasing rail freight’s modal share

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

01.05.14: Philippa Edmunds, manager of Freight on Rail, explains the growth of rail freight in the UK and how this can be further boosted. Rail freight is vital to the UK economy. As the transport minister Baroness Kramer said: “The rail freight...

New plans to get to the ‘route’ of policing need on Britain’s railway

New plans to get to the ‘route’ of policing need on Britain’s railway

01.05.14: The British Transport Police Authority has unveiled national plans for policing Britain’s railways which they say will deliver policing that gets to the ‘route’ of what matters most to the rail industry. Authority chair Millie...

Developing the London Overground together

Developing the London Overground together

01.05.14: Peter Austin, LOROL managing director, heard about RTM’s theme of ‘collaborative working’ running through this edition and was keen to contribute. Here, he explains how MTR Corporation, Deutsche Bahn and Transport for London ha...

Securing a seat at the negotiating table

Securing a seat at the negotiating table

01.05.14: David Haines and Malcolm Dowden, who both acted as ‘Roll B’ Parliamentary Agents in relation to the Crossrail Bill, explain the upcoming petitioning process for the HS2 Hybrid Bill. It is not always the best, the most appropriat...

‘A fantastic showcase for what’s best in the industry’ – Richard Parry-Jones at UKRIA 2014

‘A fantastic showcase for what’s best in the industry’ – Richard Parry-Jones at UKRIA 2014

14.03.14: Network Rail’s chairman gave a well-received speech at the Awards focusing on investment, innovation, and skills for the future. The speech is below. Thank you Josh, and good evening railway people! I don’t know about you, but tha...

Get smart – the benefits of  smart ticketing for passengers

Get smart – the benefits of smart ticketing for passengers

14.03.14: Smart ticketing could make a real difference to passengers’ travel experiences, argues Passenger Focus researcher Louise Hall. On behalf of the Department for Transport (DfT), we have been researching passengers’ interest in poten...

Network Rail enhances  safety with Sentinel

Network Rail enhances safety with Sentinel

14.03.14: Andy Littlejohns, Network Rail’s Sentinel Programme Implementation Manager, explains the changes that have recently come into force. On 6 January 2014, new Sentinel smartcards completely replaced the previous cards, which are no longer...

Smarter ticketing

Smarter ticketing

14.03.14: Two recent developments could really move smart ticketing on rail up a gear, says Lindsay Robertson, chief executive of ITSO. Last month, the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) launched a review of the retail market for the sale of rail tickets....

Are driverless trains the future?

Are driverless trains the future?

14.03.14: Paula-Marie Brown, head of transport at the Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), discusses the impending reality of driverless trains.  The recent strike that affected London Underground highlighted how technology is changing t...

Why knowing your suppliers’ suppliers is so critical

Why knowing your suppliers’ suppliers is so critical

14.03.14: Annette Gevaert, Director of Rail and Transport at Achilles, discusses buyer attitudes to supplier risk and corporate reputation.  What visibility do you have of your supply chain beyond the first tier? What risks are rail industry buye...

Three critical actions for the upcoming procurement directives impacting the rail industry

Three critical actions for the upcoming procurement directives impacting the rail industry

16.01.14: Liz Wilson-Lamb, EU Services Manager at Achilles – which operates Link-up, the supplier registration and qualification scheme for the rail industry – explains how the European procurement reforms will affect rail industry companies. ...

A higher standard

A higher standard

31.10.13: Bill Grose, a chartered civil engineer and director of Arup, currently working with HS2 Ltd in their Efficiency Challenge Team, outlines a new effort to improve the way design codes and standards for major infrastructure projects are handled throu...

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...

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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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >
Taking to the skies

30/10/2018Taking to the skies

Network Rail’s commitment to driving innovation is best encapsulated by its latest scheme involving high-definition imagery drones, or UAVs... more >
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 >
Male, muddy and manual?

03/07/2018Male, muddy and manual?

Sponsored interview Sean Hebden, rail director at Kier Group, tells RTM’s Luana Salles what the company is doing to change the perceptio... more >