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Without HS2,  can Britain ever hope to be truly connected?

Without HS2, can Britain ever hope to be truly connected?

01.05.14: Jim Steer, director of Greengauge 21 and co-founder of the High Speed Rail Industry Leaders Group, outlines the key messages in its new report. Those looking to form their own view on HS2 are not short of information. A simple scan of newspap...

Collaboration – the key to  unlocking hidden efficiencies

Collaboration – the key to unlocking hidden efficiencies

01.05.14: Steve Freeman, director of Rail Asset Management at Babcock International Group, examines how partnership working can benefit the rail sector’s approach to fleet management and maintenance. Working in collaboration is critical to the UK...

Cutting the cost of failure  in rail procurement

Cutting the cost of failure in rail procurement

01.05.14: Annette Gevaert, Director of Rail and Transport at Achilles, explores the knock-on costs when suppliers fail – or fail to deliver. The Department for Transport has committed over £38bn for Network Rail to run and improve the netw...

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...

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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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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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 >
Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

22/01/2019Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be collaboration and compromise. Midlands Connect media lead James Bovill ... more >
Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >
HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >