Awards, contracts & appointments

Souter to move to chairman role at Stagecoach

Souter to move to chairman role at Stagecoach

23.08.12: Sir Brian Souter, chief executive of Stagecoach, is to step down from his role and become chairman of the company. He will be replaced by finance director Martin Griffiths from May. The move from chief executive to chair is against the corp...

Virgin offered WCML ‘deliverability’ – DfT scoring system

Virgin offered WCML ‘deliverability’ – DfT scoring system

17.08.12: Virgin Rail was assessed as the top bidder for ‘deliverability’ in the DfT scoring matrix for the WCML, reports today suggest, but lost out to FirstGroup on other measures, such as customer service and fleet delivery. The Telegr...

Industry reaction to FirstGroup West Coast win

Industry reaction to FirstGroup West Coast win

16.08.12: Passenger groups, MPs and unions have responded to the award of the West Coast franchise to FirstGroup over rival bidder Virgin Trains.  Whilst some have raised concerns over the operator’s ability to deliver such a high-value bi...

West Coast franchise awarded to FirstGroup

West Coast franchise awarded to FirstGroup

15.08.12: FirstGroup has been awarded the West Coast franchise, the Government has announced. Rival bidder Virgin Trains, which will lose its last UK rail contract, has warned that FirstGroup’s financially impressive bid is unachievable, and will le...

FirstGroup win could lead to rail fare increases

FirstGroup win could lead to rail fare increases

09.08.12: Train operator FirstGroup is set to win the west coast rail franchise, with a higher bid than competitor Virgin Rail, reports indicate.  This could lead to fare rises from 2020, insiders fear.  The Department for Transport ha...

Award for train cleaner who found family’s missing Games tickets

Award for train cleaner who found family’s missing Games tickets

07.08.12: A train cleaner at Liverpool Street station who volunteered to sort through its bins to find a family’s missing Olympics tickets has been given a ‘Champions’ award by Greater Anglia. The mother and son realised they had mi...

Thameslink contract sign-off delayed until autumn

Thameslink contract sign-off delayed until autumn

06.08.12: The Thameslink rolling stock deal will be subject to further delays, Siemens has admitted.  The £1.4bn deal to make 1,200 carriages for the route was subject to fierce criticism when Siemens was named preferred bidder over Derby...

DfT announces £1.9m passenger-counting contract

DfT announces £1.9m passenger-counting contract

26.07.12: The Department for Transport has awarded a £1.9m contract to design, develop, implement and manage a Rail Passenger Counts Database (RPCD). Capita Symonds has been appointed to develop the database, to collate, manage and report on ra...

New appointments for Network Rail asset management

New appointments for Network Rail asset management

20.07.12: Network Rail has appointed five new directors to its asset management services, a new structure which goes live on August 22. The asset management team is intended to be more customer focused. A new role of technical director has also been...

Network Rail rewards its top suppliers at Partnership Awards

Network Rail rewards its top suppliers at Partnership Awards

15.06.12: RTM joined some of the biggest names in the rail industry at the annual Network Rail Partnership Awards at the Imperial War Museum near Cambridge last night. The team behind the stunning King’s Cross Station Western Range building and...

HS2 professional services contracts awarded

HS2 professional services contracts awarded

08.06.12: The final lot of contracts under the professional services framework has been awarded, HS2 Ltd has announced. Four land referencing contracts, covering land access and referencing for ecological, environmental and engineering surveys, were...

4,500 visitors at Infrarail 2012

4,500 visitors at Infrarail 2012

01.06.12: Adam Hewitt reports from Infrarail 2012, which had over 4,500 visitors from 36 different countries, as well as 212 exhibitors. Infrarail 2012 pulled in visitors from across the UK and around the world, eager to see the latest innovations in...

Two more HS2 contracts awarded

Two more HS2 contracts awarded

16.05.12: Engineering consultants firm Parsons Brinckerhoff has won two HS2 contracts, under the ‘professional services framework’. The two contract, worth £8m, will see the company working with HS2 Ltd to provide a ‘whole sys...

A booming supply chain

A booming supply chain

02.05.12: Jeremy Candfield, Director General of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), speaks to RTM about the economic situation for rail businesses. Recent surveys by major business groups have suggested that UK manufacturing is bouncing back afte...

Rail terminal contract to handle longest trains in UK

Rail terminal contract to handle longest trains in UK

27.04.12: Balfour Beatty has won a multi-million pound contract to build a new rail terminal capable of handling the longest trains in the UK. DP World’s London Gateway is a new deep sea container port being built on the north bank of theThames...

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ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT’s handling of the ... more >
Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20/09/2018Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve&rdquo... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20/09/2018DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review announcement today. Bec... 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 >