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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...

Grayling questioned over second extension of ORR chair’s post

Grayling questioned over second extension of ORR chair’s post

29.01.18: The transport secretary has faced questions following the second extension of Professor Stephen Glaister’s post as chair of the Office of Road and Rail (ORR), it has been revealed. Correspondence between Chris Grayling, Lilian Greenwood...

Network Rail: Carne doing a ‘terrific job’ and position not in danger

Network Rail: Carne doing a ‘terrific job’ and position not in danger

15.01.18: Network Rail officials have fired back over rumours that the organisation’s CEO is in danger of losing his job. Reports in The Telegraph suggested that Carne could be under pressure from the government to leave his role because of slo...

Eurostar unveils former Yodel boss as new CEO

Eurostar unveils former Yodel boss as new CEO

09.01.18: Eurostar has appointed Mike Cooper as its new chief executive following the departure of former CEO Nicolas Petrovic. Cooper leaves his role as chief executive of delivery company Yodel to join the Britain-France service operator, having pr...

ORR chair Stephen Glaister reappointed for another year

ORR chair Stephen Glaister reappointed for another year

04.01.18: Professor Stephen Glaister has been reappointed as chair of the ORR for another year. The former RAC Foundation director took over the role in an interim capacity in December 2015 when former chair Anna Walker stepped away from the organisa...

Siemens awarded multi-million pound ETCS signalling contract

Siemens awarded multi-million pound ETCS signalling contract

04.01.18: Network Rail has awarded a multi-million pound contract for the installation of new state-of-the-art in-cab signalling systems to Siemens. The company will supply, install and support the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalli...

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Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... more >
NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

20/06/2018NR launches tender for £5bn track alliances

Network Rail has commenced the tender process for the next generation of track work contracts, valued at up to £5bn. A Contract Notice has... 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 >