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Energy audits to hit all businesses

Energy audits to hit all businesses

01 July 2014The government’s decision to implement energy audits on all non-SMEs before 5 December 2015 will cause a headache for every company relying on road transport – regardless of their size. Nick Radcliffe, MD of FreightArranger, explains w...

Making All Jobs Greener

Making All Jobs Greener

01 July 2014Jonathan Nobbs, corporate network and development manager at the Institute of Environmental Management & Assessment (IEMA), discusses the All Jobs Greener training initiative. As the UK is dipping its toes into (what we are told is) comfortab...

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

Temporary works design at Crossrail's first-opened station

01 July 2014Martin Reader, sector director of engineering services at Morgan Sindall Professional Services, describes the complex temporary works design that facilitated the completion of East London’s newly opened Pudding Mill Lane DLR station. Puddin...

How Apprenticeships can help bridge the skills gap

How Apprenticeships can help bridge the skills gap

01 July 2014Sue Husband, executive director of Apprenticeships and Delivery at the Skills Funding Agency, explains how Apprenticeships can help businesses grow. The rail sector has a strong history of Apprenticeships and now, against the back-drop of an agei...

Upcoming changes in European patent law and their effects on the European rail industry

Upcoming changes in European patent law and their effects on the European rail industry

01 July 2014Steven Charlton of Venner Shipley LLP, European patent and trademark attorneys, argues that changes to the European patent landscape present an excellent business opportunity. Upcoming changes in European patent law will enable companies to more...

‘Ten workers’ lives saved by the railway’s use of proactive safety measures’

‘Ten workers’ lives saved by the railway’s use of proactive safety measures’

01 July 2014Keith Morey of the Institution of Occupational Safety and Health’s Railway Group describes recent safety advances but argues that more can be done. With positive behavioural culture and a fully informed society, the above is the type of hea...

PWI corporate membership initiative

PWI corporate membership initiative

01 June 2014Alison Stansfield, communications director at the Permanent Way Institution (PWI), explains the new corporate membership scheme. At Infrarail on 21 May 2014, the PWI and its first two corporate members celebrated the initiation of corporate membe...

What does the future hold for the relationship between Network Rail and HS2?

What does the future hold for the relationship between Network Rail and HS2?

01 May 2014Mark Cowlard, partner and head of rail at built asset consultancy EC Harris, explores the future options for integration, shared governance and strategic partnership between the companies. The development of HS2 will have a significant impact on...

Railways – the regeneration vehicle

Railways – the regeneration vehicle

01 May 2014Julie Carrier, head of rail at engineering consultancy WSP UK, explores the shape of London’s rail infrastructure, and the changes to come. 

‘We’ll go bankrupt as an industry without more R&D’

‘We’ll go bankrupt as an industry without more R&D’

01 May 2014The ‘distinguished lecture’ at iRail always attracts top-notch speakers. This year saw Network Rail chairman Richard Parry-Jones give a fascinating talk on technological innovation across road and rail, and what it means for the futur...

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

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

01 May 2014Jim 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 newspapers...

Collaboration – the key to  unlocking hidden efficiencies

Collaboration – the key to unlocking hidden efficiencies

01 May 2014Steve 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 rai...

Cutting the cost of failure  in rail procurement

Cutting the cost of failure in rail procurement

01 May 2014Annette 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 network...

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

Increasing rail freight’s modal share

01 May 2014Philippa 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 sec...

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 May 2014The 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 Ba...

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Network Rail partners with Cycling UK for new initiative

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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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... more >
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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >
Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >
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 >