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Developing the London Overground together

Developing the London Overground together

01 May 2014Peter 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 have...

Securing a seat at the negotiating table

Securing a seat at the negotiating table

01 May 2014David 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 appropriate or t...

‘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 March 2014Network 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 that vi...

Get smart – the benefits of  smart ticketing for passengers

Get smart – the benefits of smart ticketing for passengers

14 March 2014Smart 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 potential...

Network Rail enhances  safety with Sentinel

Network Rail enhances safety with Sentinel

14 March 2014Andy 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 vali...

Smarter ticketing

Smarter ticketing

14 March 2014Two 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. Th...

Are driverless trains the future?

Are driverless trains the future?

14 March 2014Paula-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 the...

Why knowing your suppliers’ suppliers is so critical

Why knowing your suppliers’ suppliers is so critical

14 March 2014Annette 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 buyers e...

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 January 2014Liz 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. E...

A higher standard

A higher standard

31 October 2013Bill 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 October 2013Carla Whyte, EMEA product marketing manager at BSI, gets under the skin of this valuable business tool. ollaborative working is not new. Although on a business front it was once seen to be the prerogative of large organisations, that is no longer...

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 October 2013With 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 October 2013Jeremy 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 network...

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

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

01 September 2013Mark 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 era&...

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

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

01 September 2013The 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...

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A highly versatile and robust epoxy coating s... more >
Network Rail partners with Cycling UK for new initiative

03/08/2020Network Rail partners with Cycling UK for new initiative

Network Rail and Cycling UK have launched a p... more >

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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 >