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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...

Sentinel 2

Sentinel 2

01.04.13: Darren Gamage, technology services director at Mitie Total Security Management, spoke to RTM about the contract with Network Rail for the new Sentinel scheme to promote identification and management of track workers and ensure their safety. ...

Stabilising the Hooley Cutting

Stabilising the Hooley Cutting

01.04.13: At Hooley near Croydon, a team of engineers is using its expertise to stabilise a railway cutting hit by land slips. Paul Thompson, writing on behalf of BAM Ritchies and BAM Nuttall, explains more. Victorian railway engineers knew a thing...

Metro style services on heavy rail lines

Metro style services on heavy rail lines

01.04.13: London is undergoing a rail revolution. The first part is London Overground, which is operated by the LOROL joint venture between MTR Corporation and Deutsche Bahn. MTR’s CEO – European Business, Jeremy Long, explains what lessons ca...

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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 >