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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...

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...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17/10/2018HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >