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GTR: Training the next generation

GTR: Training the next generation

29 January 2019Top image: John Tomlin and Tim Wells in the simulator suite In December, RTM’s Jack Donnelly (pictured) paid a visit to Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR’s) training facilities across London. Here, he reports on the state-of...

RICS: Unlocking rail's data potential

RICS: Unlocking rail's data potential

29 January 2019Anil Sawhney, director of the infrastructure sector for the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS), discusses standardising data to meet the rail industry’s future challenges of an urbanised Britain. Ongoing delays that result in s...

ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22 January 2019Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carrying 2,200 train services a day, an average of 208 freight trains and 92 million passenger journeys a year, N...

Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22 January 2019Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock contract award. In November, Siemens Mobility Ltd was awarded a £1.5bn contract by London Underg...

Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22 January 2019The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Survey Association (TSA) is leading the fightback against the thieves, as manager Rachel Tyrrell explains...

Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15 January 2019As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £300,000 for projects that can help automate rail planning. Kelvin Davies, innovation lead for rail at...

ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15 January 2019Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of what an ‘efficient’ Network Rail means in practice. For most of 2018, a great many people at...

Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15 January 2019Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transformed the track switch as we know it. In the August/September issue of RTM, I presented the history of an...

CP6: Room for improvement

CP6: Room for improvement

15 January 2019Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. The 31 October may be more popularly known as Halloween, but in the rail industry all eyes were on the ORR a...

Night Tube: The twilight economy

Night Tube: The twilight economy

27 November 2018Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its journey. London boasts some of the best nightlife in the world, with its theatres, bars, and restauran...

Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27 November 2018Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platform train interface (PTI) account for almost half of the total passenger fatality risk on the mainline rail...

Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27 November 2018Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of the University of Southampton, discuss the work and research that’s helped the rail sector in it...

Introducing iPort

Introducing iPort

20 November 2018Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail freight terminal for 10 years – iPort Rail – is now open and operational. It is another huge...

Maintaining light rail

Maintaining light rail

20 November 2018Dr Adam Bevan, Professor Paul Allen and Professor Jay Jaiswal, of the Institute of Railway Research, take a look at new rail asset management techniques in light-rail systems. The defining characteristics of light-rail systems – such as emb...

dessan Design in the digital railway

dessan Design in the digital railway

20 November 2018Denise Watkins, business development manager at Hitachi Information Control Systems Europe (HICSE), discusses her organisation’s exciting new railway signalling design tool, dessan Design. HICSE may appear to be a relatively young organisat...

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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 >