Awards, contracts & appointments

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...

Alstom and Siemens take next step in merger with BCA

Alstom and Siemens take next step in merger with BCA

04.04.18: Siemens and Alstom have entered into a Business Combination Agreement (BCA) regarding the proposed combination of Siemens’ mobility business with Alstom. This latest step follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in September 2...

GWR takeover deal preserves Heathrow Express until 2028

GWR takeover deal preserves Heathrow Express until 2028

04.04.18: Great Western Railway (GWR), subsidiary of FirstGroup, has reached an agreement with the government which means it will run the operational aspects of the Heathrow service under a management contract from later this year. While Heathrow will re...

NR bags most prizes while Chiltern wins big at #UKRIA18

NR bags most prizes while Chiltern wins big at #UKRIA18

23.03.18: Network Rail topped the charts at this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), while Chiltern Railways took home the prestigious Operator of the Year. The infrastructure owner took home prizes for Recruitment Excellence and Track Tech...

Winners of £500,000 Data Sandbox competition revealed by RSSB

Winners of £500,000 Data Sandbox competition revealed by RSSB

19.03.18: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has revealed the winners of its £500,000 competition, aimed to help develop novel ideas and solutions to key network performance challenges. The ‘Data sandbox: Improving network performance...

Major Network Rail contractor appoints new rail boss

Major Network Rail contractor appoints new rail boss

19.03.18: Dyer & Butler, one of Network Rail’s principal contractors, has announced the appointment of a new rail director, set to focus on the upcoming CP6 framework. Chris Darlow, who has worked for a number of other major rail and engine...

Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

23.02.18: Transport for the North (TfN) has announced the appointment of its new Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) director. Tim Wood has already successfully held the post of interim NPR director. He will lead on the flagship programme which aims to rad...

Mark Carne to step down as Network Rail chief executive

Mark Carne to step down as Network Rail chief executive

06.02.18: Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne is to step down from his role after four years in charge. The announcement comes weeks after Network Rail told the public that Carne was doing a “terrific job” and that his position was no...

Balfour Beatty wins £40m Stoneblower contract

Balfour Beatty wins £40m Stoneblower contract

05.02.18: Balfour Beatty has been awarded a four-year contract worth over £40m, which will see the company take over the operations and maintenance of Network Rail’s fleet of track maintenance machines known as “Stoneblowers.” It...

New London Overground maintenance contract secures rights of Carillion employees

New London Overground maintenance contract secures rights of Carillion employees

31.01.18: Transport for London has announced that it will appoint Cleshar Contract Services Ltd. to take over maintenance work on London Overground’s East London Line. The contract has been awarded on the basis that existing Carillion employees wil...

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

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UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

04/04/2018UKRIA 2018 Apology & Statement

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 s... more >
Smart ticketing: The way ahead

13/03/2018Smart ticketing: The way ahead

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), runs through the nationwide progress in rolling out ... more >
A benchmark year for HS2

13/03/2018A benchmark year for HS2

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-spe... more >
The north has a plan

13/03/2018The north has a plan

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 ha... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

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