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Trams to Newhaven

Trams to Newhaven

15.05.18: Councillor Lesley Macinnes, transport and environment convener for the City of Edinburgh Council, discusses the proposed business case for expanding the city’s already successful tram network. It’s now almost exactly four years...

Timetabling: badly let down

Timetabling: badly let down

15.05.18: Passengers have been left extremely disadvantaged by a lack of certainty around timetable changes, writes David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus. Massive and welcome investment in the railway will bring benefits for many passeng...

Next stop, Bradford

Next stop, Bradford

09.05.18: The impact of Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) on Bradford will be immense. It’s vital that the opportunity is capitalised on in order to transform travel and leave a lasting positive legacy for years to come, writes Kersten England, chief e...

Reaching your full potential

Reaching your full potential

09.05.18: Bill Kelly, acting route managing director for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, discusses the successes of the country’s well-established apprenticeship scheme. Apprentices are the future of Network Rail, which is why we invest so m...

South Kensington: Building on a legacy

South Kensington: Building on a legacy

09.05.18: Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL, says the redevelopment of the iconic South Kensington station will revitalise what is already a gateway to some of the world’s most treasured institutions. South Kensington Tube...

The case for rail freight

The case for rail freight

09.05.18: Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, argues for freight parity by looking at the noteworthy examples of investment already taking place across the UK. Recent rail freight figures show a positive fu...

Rail: significantly larger than previously thought

Rail: significantly larger than previously thought

01.05.18: Darren Caplan, chief executive at the Railway Industry Association (RIA), reports on a recent study which revealed that the rail industry contributes significantly more to UK plc than previously imagined. The RIA and a number of its members...

Running the new train marathon

Running the new train marathon

01.05.18: Andy Rogers, IEP programme director at Hitachi Rail Europe, provides a snapshot of the progress being made in building and delivering brand-new trains for the Great Western and East Coast main lines. One of my team described delivering the...

How Northern Powerhouse Rail is gaining momentum

How Northern Powerhouse Rail is gaining momentum

01.05.18: There has already been great progress in developing and improving pan-northern transport, but future prospects for growth will be even more transformational, argues Henri Murison, director of Northern Powerhouse Partnership. Commuters strug...

A chance to rebuild trust

A chance to rebuild trust

01.05.18: The rail industry has a major trust problem, with passengers finding it difficult to navigate compensation claims after they suffer through delays and unreliable services. But Alex Hayman, Which? managing director of public markets, says smart t...

UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

04.04.18: It is with deep regret that I address the disappointing content in both of our live acts at UKRIA on Thursday 22nd March 2018 and offer my most sincere apologies accordingly. Whilst the awards ceremony itself was a huge success with record...

Smart ticketing: The way ahead

Smart ticketing: The way ahead

13.03.18: Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), runs through the nationwide progress in rolling out smart ticketing as the infamous ‘tangerine ticket’ starts to become a thing of the past....

A benchmark year for HS2

A benchmark year for HS2

13.03.18: Jim Crawford, managing director of Phase 1 at HS2 Ltd, discusses the many critical activities set to take place this year as the mammoth high-speed rail project moves from preparation to construction. We’re 12 months on from being gra...

The north has a plan

The north has a plan

13.03.18: There has always been an incredible thirst for change in the north. Now, there is finally a plan robust and forward-thinking enough to make it happen, says Barry White, chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN). The north has a plan....

EWR: Getting it right

EWR: Getting it right

13.03.18: Peter Austin, delivery director at East West Rail Company (EWRco), argues that completing the link between Oxford and Cambridge as quickly as possible through an innovative delivery model will unlock unprecedented growth in the region. 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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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 >
HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >