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A human presence on empty stations

A human presence on empty stations

01.09.12: The McNulty review has suggested fewer staff at stations could cut costs. Dan Taylor, Passenger Focus research and policy adviser, considers what this will mean for passenger safety. Over the next few years several rail franchises will be u...

Another train coming

Another train coming

01.09.12: Michael Woods, head of operations and management research at the RSSB, considers the importance of vocal warnings to improve safety at level crossings. Accidents at level crossings are often covered in the news even though they are relative...

Continuous improvement holds the key to world - renowned efficiency

Continuous improvement holds the key to world - renowned efficiency

01.09.12: Jeremy Long, CEO – European Business at MTR, which is shortlisted for the Essex Thameside and Thameslink franchises, explains how engaging staff in continuous improvement methods is key to driving efficiencies for the UK’s railways. ...

Freight trains, freight gains, from High Speed 2

Freight trains, freight gains, from High Speed 2

01.09.12: Transport consultant David Thrower, who has contributed to the Transport Select Committee inquiry into high-speed rail and the recent All-Party Parliamentary Group for High-Speed Rail report, discusses the issues surrounding rail freight and HS2...

Montpellier tram network - a group in action

Montpellier tram network - a group in action

01.09.12: Davy Gay, Egis Rail project manager, discusses the successful Montpellier tram scheme in France and its recent extension. In the space of 12 years the Greater Montpellier Authority (L’Agglomération de Montpellier) has developed...

Olympics proved London's transport is on the up

Olympics proved London's transport is on the up

01.09.12: Andrew Foulkes, transportation communications manager at Lloyd’s Register, looks at London’s transport network’s performance during the Olympics. Transport was always the worry during London’s initial bid to host the...

Royal guest for IRSE at ASPECT 2012

Royal guest for IRSE at ASPECT 2012

01.09.12: Ian Mitchell, chair of the conference committee organising the Institution of Railway Signal Engineers ASPECT 2012 conference, discusses the upcoming event and the IRSE’s centenary year. The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers is...

The next West Coast franchise

The next West Coast franchise

01.09.12: David Crausby, Labour MP for Bolton North East, outlines to RTM his concerns about the new franchise. We have just found out that FirstGroup has won the bidding war to take over the franchise for the West Coast Main Line that is currently...

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

Chamber's Northern Hub campaign on track

01.07.12: Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce’s transport policy manager Emma Antrobus, who was the former co-ordinator of the North West Rail Campaign, explains why businesses in the region are so committed to backing the Northern Hub. The...

Track for the 21st Century

Track for the 21st Century

01.05.12: RTM hears more about the latest research from Track 21, led by Professor William Powrie. Track 21 is a research programme funded by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), which aims to develop a systematic understan...

Why are UAS not being more widely used for rail network inspections?

Why are UAS not being more widely used for rail network inspections?

01.05.12: Managing & Technical Director of VTOL Technologies, Ashley Bryant, a chartered engineer, chartered IT professional and member of the IMechE, reports on the new and rising Unmanned Aerial Systems and their value in the rail industry The...

HS2: strategic wisdom or grand folly?

HS2: strategic wisdom or grand folly?

26.04.12: Jonathan Tyler of Passenger Transport Networks, York, argues that ‘strategy’ is a key word in the presentation of the plan to build a high-speed railway connecting the North of England and the West Midlands with London; but it is als...

Protecting infrastructure against shallow landslides

Protecting infrastructure against shallow landslides

23.04.12: Urs Brechbühl of Geobrugg AG explains work being done in Alpine regions and elsewhere to prevent landslides disrupting the rail network. News reports of roads or railroad tracks blocked by debris from a shallow landslide are becoming...

The importance of staff at stations

The importance of staff at stations

01.03.12: Dan Taylor, policy and research advisor at Passenger Focus, argues that station staff should not be seen as an indulgence that can be cut to save money, but a vital resource. The McNulty rail value for money study identified cutting staff c...

Tunnel Boring

Tunnel Boring

01.03.12: With Crossrail about to enter the crucial tunnelling phase, project manager Andy Alder says the key to success rests with getting the details right. It’s Europe’s biggest construction project: a rail tunnel underneath one of the...

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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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The West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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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 >
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 >