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HS2 to scrap and rerun £10m management services contract bid

HS2 to scrap and rerun £10m management services contract bid

07.04.17: HS2 has told companies bidding for its £10m commercial management services contract that the process will be scrapped and rerun, RTM has today learnt. Firms including Arcadis, Mott MacDonald and Turner & Townsend had been competin...

Entries open for UK Rail Industry Awards 2018

Entries open for UK Rail Industry Awards 2018

07.04.17: Entries are now open for the 2018 edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA). The event, hosted by RTM, brings together key decision-makers and leaders from across the industry to meet, network and celebrate the achievements of organisations...

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

14.03.17: Six successful projects focused on innovation have been given the green light as part of a £4m RSSB competition, meaning TOCs will now take them forward to the next stage of development. The projects, competing to win a share of the f...

Metrolink director Cushing steps down on high note

Metrolink director Cushing steps down on high note

09.03.17: The head of Manchester’s Metrolink, Peter Cushing, has stepped down from his role in the company, handing over leadership to his deputy Danny Vaughan. The news comes the week after work was completed on Metrolink’s Second City C...

Countdown to Railtex continues

Countdown to Railtex continues

09.03.17: Ken Harris writing on behalf of Mack Brooks Exhibitions gives RTM an update on the preparations ahead of this year’s Railtex, which takes place from 9-11 May at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. With Railtex 2017, the UK&r...

Celebrating innovation and achievement

Celebrating innovation and achievement

09.03.17: The latest instalment of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) proved to be the biggest success in the event’s illustrious history, with more than 1,100 guests gathering to celebrate the industry’s achievements and innovation at London...

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post

06.03.17: The managing director of South West Trains (SWT), Christian Roth, is preparing to step down from the role after one year in the position. It also marks the end of a decade-long tenure at the rail operator. Roth joined the company in 2008 ha...

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

23.02.17: Network Rail has appointed Jason Bridges into the new role of chief operating officer for its Wessex route, a line including all routes to and from Waterloo as well as the UK’s busiest interchange, Clapham Junction. Bridges, who will...

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

20.02.17: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today officially confirmed the appointment of Joanna Whittington as its permanent CEO following an open public competition, effective immediately. Previously, Whittington had been the ORR’s direct...

Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

10.02.17: Network Rail and London Underground (LU) dominated this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), taking home three trophies each for their contribution to the railways.  At the event, hosted by RTM, the infrastructure owner won th...

Alex Hynes appointed managing director of ScotRail Alliance

Alex Hynes appointed managing director of ScotRail Alliance

23.01.17: Alex Hynes, the current managing director of Arriva Rail North, is set to be appointed as managing director for ScotRail Alliance and will join the operator later this year. Hynes will be replacing Phil Verster, who last week announced he w...

Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

20.01.17: Phil Verster will be leaving his current position as ScotRail’s managing director, which he has held since 2015, to become the MD of the East West Rail project in the spring. The new East West Rail organisation, announced by the trans...

TfL reveals Barking Riverside Extension shortlist

TfL reveals Barking Riverside Extension shortlist

15.12.16: The contractors being considered to build the London Overground Barking Riverside Extension are down to a shortlist of three. TfL announced that Balfour Beatty, Carillion PLC and VolkerFitzpatrick have been shortlisted for the contract to b...

Cambridgeshire supplier opens doors to rail after RISQS accreditation

Cambridgeshire supplier opens doors to rail after RISQS accreditation

12.12.16: Cambridgeshire-based construction business Mick George Ltd has successfully been accredited on the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) and has announced that its doors are open to nationwide rail tenders. The company, whi...

NIC tasked with infrastructure technology study as fiscal remit set

NIC tasked with infrastructure technology study as fiscal remit set

25.11.16: The chancellor has called on the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to lead a review on how new technologies can improve infrastructure productivity, while also setting the future fiscal remit for the commission. During his Autumn Sta...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... 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 >