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Collaborative  working and the SME

Collaborative working and the SME

31.10.13: Carla Whyte, EMEA product marketing manager at BSI, gets under the skin of this valuable business tool. Collaborative working is not new. Although on a business front it was once seen to be the prerogative of large organisations, that is no lon...

Crossrail awards Paddington New Yard contract

Crossrail awards Paddington New Yard contract

15.10.13: The Paddington New Yard contract has been awarded to Costain Ltd, Crossrail has announced.  The £30m contract is subject to a 10-day standstill under European procurement rules.  Costain beat bidders HOCHTIEF and Kier I...

‘A course for the future’ – Dinner at the Roundhouse 2013

‘A course for the future’ – Dinner at the Roundhouse 2013

11.10.13: Over 400 of the rail industry’s ‘movers and shakers’ came together last night for the Dinner at the Roundhouse 2013.  Held in the historic Derby Roundhouse and organised by Mainspring, the dinner raised money for the...

New rail minister announced as Baker leaves DfT

New rail minister announced as Baker leaves DfT

08.10.13: The Department for Transport has been among the most affected by the Westminster reshuffle, with Simon Burns and Norman Baker both leaving their roles.  Burns resigned ahead of the reshuffle to stand for election as deputy speaker of t...

Tony Collins and Chris Gibb to retire

Tony Collins and Chris Gibb to retire

08.10.13: Two senior leaders at Virgin Rail Group are stepping down, the company has announced. Chief executive officer Tony Collins and chief operating officer Chris Gibb will retire this month.  The pair have spent 14 and 10 years at Virgin re...

Sydney commission for Network Rail Consulting

Sydney commission for Network Rail Consulting

07.10.13: The global arm of Network Rail has landed another foreign contract. Network Rail Consulting, launched in July 2012, is to be the independent safety assessor for the design and delivery of the A$8.3bn (£4.8bn) North West Rail Link in S...

Reshuffle of the Government and Labour transport teams

Reshuffle of the Government and Labour transport teams

07.10.13: Transport minister Simon Burns has quit the Government to stand for election as deputy speaker of the House of Commons, while Labour’s shadow transport secretary Maria Eagle is reported to have been reshuffled out of post. Many commen...

Simon Kirby to deliver Infrarail keynote speech

Simon Kirby to deliver Infrarail keynote speech

02.10.13: Simon Kirby, managing director of Infrastructure Projects at Network Rail, has been announced as keynote speaker at next year’s Infrarail show.  The event, the sister show to Railtex, will take place from 20-22 May at Earl’...

EIT announces winners of the £1m customer experience challenge

EIT announces winners of the £1m customer experience challenge

19.09.13: The Enabling Innovation Team has announced the winners of funding under its Customer Experience challenge. The winner in the discretionary traveller category was 3Squared for its Station Master mobile app, which uses indoor mapping technolo...

RSSB announces new chief executive

RSSB announces new chief executive

19.09.13: Chris Fenton is to take over from Len Porter at chief executive of the RSSB from March next year. Fenton, formerly director of marketing and strategy at Amey, had responsibility for the company’s interest in Tube Lines, and was previo...

Huge changes to Network Rail’s electrical control infrastructure

Huge changes to Network Rail’s electrical control infrastructure

12.09.13: Telent has been awarded a £27m contract to replace Network Rail’s electrical control systems with a national Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system. The contract will bring 16 separate systems together and invol...

Crossrail’s Terry Morgan joins UKRIA judging panel

Crossrail’s Terry Morgan joins UKRIA judging panel

06.09.13: The judging panel has now been announced for the upcoming UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), with Crossrail chairman Terry Morgan the latest addition. The UKRIA judges are: Ian Prosser, chief inspector of railways, ORR George McInulty...

Sir David Higgins’ successor announced

Sir David Higgins’ successor announced

05.09.13: Mark Carne is to be the next chief executive of Network Rail, it has been revealed. The former executive vice president for Middle East and North Africa for Royal Dutch Shell will join Network Rail on 6 January 2014 and formally takeover fr...

Eight new Class 66 locos for GBRf

Eight new Class 66 locos for GBRf

04.09.13: GB Railfreight has signed a deal for eight new Class 66 locomotives with Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. The rolling stock will be delivered in August 2014 and will be used on biomass and infrastructure Railfreight haulage. John Smith, managing...

Go-Ahead Group withdraws DLR bid

Go-Ahead Group withdraws DLR bid

02.09.13: Go-Ahead Group has withdrawn its bid for the Docklands Light Railway (DLR) after joint venture partner Colas Rail states it is unable to proceed. The announcement on Friday came just ahead of the deadline for bidders to submit their respons...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >