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TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

TfWM partners up with another TOC in race for ‘as many deals as possible’

02.08.18: As part of its ambition to team up with as many operators as possible in order to “revolutionise” the rail network, Transport for West Midlands (TfWM) has signed a brand-new partnership deal with Virgin Trains and West Midlands Rail...

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

Crossrail boss appointed to replace Higgins at HS2

13.07.18: Top image: Chief executive of Crossrail Andrew Wolstenholme (left) and former chairman of Crossrail Sir Terry Morgan (right).  The man who has been chair of Crossrail since 2009 has been appointed to the same top job at HS2 Ltd, t...

Network Rail seeks four legal firms to support in-house team in CP6

Network Rail seeks four legal firms to support in-house team in CP6

12.07.18: Law firms are being invited by Network Rail to bid to become the infrastructure owner’s legal advisers from 1 May 2019 until 2024. Its current team of 32 lawyers, led by group general counsel Stuart Kelly, is signalling a move away fr...

RISQS: Assurance for the industry

RISQS: Assurance for the industry

10.07.18: Paul Ravenscroft, head of supplier assurance communications at RSSB, guides us through the new Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS). The RISQS provides the assurance which enables 110-plus buyers to do business with confid...

HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot confirmed for Leeds

HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot confirmed for Leeds

04.07.18: The government has confirmed that the new HS2 eastern leg rolling stock depot will be built in Leeds in order to create jobs and ensure Yorkshire reaps the benefits of high-speed rail. The depot, which will service and maintain the new high...

Hitachi and Bombardier team up for HS2 train deal as CAF joins the race

Hitachi and Bombardier team up for HS2 train deal as CAF joins the race

04.07.18: In a major and unprecedented move, rail giants Hitachi and Bombardier have announced that they will be joining forces in their bid to design, build and deliver a fleet of bespoke HS2 trains. The two companies had been revealed as bidders fo...

Transport for Wales appoints three new directors

Transport for Wales appoints three new directors

28.06.18: Transport for Wales has appointed three new non-executive directors to its board. They will join interim chair Nick Gregg and fellow board members Martin Dorchester and James Price. Peter Kennedy and Brian McKenzie are due to step down...

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

Four chosen to advise on ORR timetable shake-up investigation ahead of autumn report

27.06.18: Four transport industry heavyweights have been drafted in as the expert panel of independent advisers for the ORR inquiry into the widespread levels of disruption experienced across the network since May’s controversial timetable shake-up....

Politicians join RIA’s rail fellowship class of 2018

Politicians join RIA’s rail fellowship class of 2018

18.06.18: Politicians are set to be educated on the rail sector’s crucial importance to the UK through the Railway Industry Association’s (RIA) rail fellowship programme. The programme will promote the work of the organisations that build...

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...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >