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NR launches tech to streamline procurement

NR launches tech to streamline procurement

15.06.18: Network Rail has launched its new technology designed to improve market engagement. The Supplier Qualification System (SQS), which includes IT services and goods across technologies, professional services, solution delivery and support services...

Hull Trains appoints new managing director

Hull Trains appoints new managing director

13.06.18: FirstGroup has appointed Louise Cheeseman as its new managing director of Hull Trains. The TOC’s former service delivery director first started in the rail industry back in 2001, working as a guard with Northern Rail, before being promote...

New Network Rail chief executive announced

New Network Rail chief executive announced

21.05.18: Network Rail has announced that Andrew Haines OBE will become its new chief executive. After leaving his current post as a board member and chief executive of the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Haines will take up his role in the...

A year of change for the north

A year of change for the north

18.05.18: Achieving statutory status represents a landmark moment for northern transport and will have an enormous impact on what be achieved over the coming years, says Barry White (pictured, left), chief executive of Transport for the North (TfN). ...

NR awards five-year £200m civils deal to SSE

NR awards five-year £200m civils deal to SSE

15.05.18: A five-year building and civils contract has been awarded to SSE Enterprise Rail for a programme of works by Network Rail. The work covers mechanical and electrical engineering services, building and fabric works and has a potential value o...

Over 60 Carillion jobs saved in welding merger deal

Over 60 Carillion jobs saved in welding merger deal

09.05.18: Infrastructure specialist organisation Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) Limited has saved 63 jobs from the Carillion closure by brokering a deal to acquire the contractor’s welding sector. The division will become part of the Auctus Manage...

Balfour Beatty awarded £50m contract for Great Western line maintenance

Balfour Beatty awarded £50m contract for Great Western line maintenance

03.05.18: Network Rail has today awarded infrastructure group Balfour Beatty a new five-year ‘Reactive Building and Civils Contract’ worth £50m. As part of the government-funded rail network’s ‘Route Building and Civil F...

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

03.05.18: The plans for a £286m revamp of Birmingham International station have been revealed after it secured more than £9m for a redesign project in preparation for the arrival of HS2. Over £9m has been awarded to the Urban G...

HS1 appoints former Go-Ahead CEO as chairman

HS1 appoints former Go-Ahead CEO as chairman

02.05.18: HS1 Ltd, the owner and operator of the High Speed 1 rail link, has today announced the appointment of former Go-Ahead Group CEO Keith Ludeman as chairman designate. Ludeman held an instrumental role in the introduction of Southeastern high-sp...

BAM Nuttall awarded £10m Highland mainline contract

BAM Nuttall awarded £10m Highland mainline contract

18.04.18: BAM Nuttall has won a £10m Network Rail contract for upgrade works to the Highland mainline. The contract forms part of a £57m Scottish Government-funded investment in the line that links Inverness and the Central Belt. Work unde...

Alstom bags 12-year Caledonian Sleeper maintenance deal

Alstom bags 12-year Caledonian Sleeper maintenance deal

18.04.18: Alstom has been awarded a £15m maintenance contract for the Class 92 Caledonian Sleeper locomotives. The company already manages the maintenance of the carriages, and will continue to do so once the new Sleeper carriages are introduced la...

NR awards £115m track deal to Balfour Beatty

NR awards £115m track deal to Balfour Beatty

12.04.18: Balfour Beatty has been awarded a seven-year contract worth over £115m by Network Rail. The contract is for the supply, operation and maintenance of Balfour Beatty’s fleet of 13 track maintenance vehicles, known as ‘on track m...

Siemens appoints new UK rolling stock boss

Siemens appoints new UK rolling stock boss

11.04.18: Siemens has announced the appointment of Will Wilson as its new managing director for its rolling stock business. The appointment, which comes into effect on 1 May, will see Wilson replace the current managing director, Vernon Barker, who will...

UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

05.04.18: Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to summarise our experience and subsequent thoughts following the UK...

Northern leaders meet with rail minister to formally launch TfN

Northern leaders meet with rail minister to formally launch TfN

05.04.18: Transport for the North (TfN) will officially become England’s first ever sub-national transport body today as transport minister Jo Johnson meets northern leaders and businesses in Liverpool. The inaugural meeting marks the moment that t...

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GTR boss to resign, citing "huge frustration" from passengers

15/06/2018GTR boss to resign, citing "huge frustration" from passengers

The chief executive of struggling operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) will resign. Charles Horton, the boss of GTR which runs Thameslink... more >
New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

15/06/2018New Tube trains on the way with new Siemens contract from TfL

TfL has awarded Siemens Mobility Limited a contract of around £1.5bn to design and build 94 new generation Tube trains today. More tha... more >
Rail journeys across UK fall for first time in eight years

15/06/2018Rail journeys across UK fall for first time in eight years

Passengers using the nation’s rail networks has fallen for the first time in eight years, new figures show. Statistics from the Office... 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 Ye... 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... more > more last word articles >

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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >