Awards, contracts & appointments

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...

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...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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 >