Putting Passengers First

A guest editorial by Alex Hynes, managing director, ScotRail Alliance Alex Hynes, managing director - ScotRail Alliance Network Rail is changing how it operates. Putting Passengers First is a new...
Editor's comments - issue 172, March 2019 Andrew Haines knew that Network Rail was letting its passengers and freight users down before he became its new chief executive. After a hundred days in the...

Issue 165 – Never again

The May timetable changes have caused extreme disruption to passengers on Northern Rail and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), with some commuters reported to have lost jobs as a result. Many claim that Britain’s railways have never failed their passengers...
The National Skills Academy for Rail forecasts technical skills shortages in the rail industry of around 10,000 people over the next five years. This is a particular issue for signalling, telecommunications and traction and rolling stock, where forty percent...

Learning from others

It is always good to learn about new techniques and innovative rail technology. This month’s magazine has many such examples, as well as international insights from Edinburgh and Moscow. Around 120 papers were presented at the...
Rail Engineer's editor, David Shirres, gives his thoughts on some of the topics addressed in issue 157 - Bi-Mode Trains: Unlocking Opportunity? The good news is that almost 7,000 new rail passenger vehicles are being delivered or on order. These...
Platform 2 at Paddington station.

Issue 160 – A guid new year

Rail Engineer’s editor, David Shirres, gives his thoughts on some of the topics addressed in issue 160 – What? Sevenoaks Tunnel again? In Scotland, the New Year greeting is offered well into January to those seen for the first time...
Between 2016 and 2021, around £11 billion is being invested in seven thousand rail passenger vehicles, more than half the current UK fleet. Less than a thousand vehicles entered service in the previous six years. These new train orders are...

Evolution not revolution

Metal wheels on metal rails have, for almost 200 years, provided energy-efficient transport due to their low rolling resistance and effective load bearing. That apart, today’s railways bear little resemblance to early examples such as the...
Over 7,000 new rail passenger vehicles are to enter service between 2014 and 2021, representing more than half the UK fleet. These orders are due to a combination of factors including cheap finance, lower manufacturing costs, franchise quality requirements...

Network Rail approves Bender UK’s RS4 rail signal power protection system

Network Rail has approved Bender UK’s next-generation RS4 Rail Signalling Power Protection system that delivers increased sensitivity for first earth fault location...