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‘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...

Knorr-Bremse acquires Railcare

Knorr-Bremse acquires Railcare

27.08.13: Railcare has been acquired by Knorr-Bremse Rail Systems (UK) Limited, securing over 200 jobs at two sites. Earlier this month Railcare went into administration, with the loss of 33 jobs at Springburn, Glasgow, and 118 at Wolverton, near Mil...

Glass contract agreed by Hitachi for IEP

Glass contract agreed by Hitachi for IEP

16.08.13: Hitachi has signed a preferred contractor agreement with north east glass manufacturer Romag to supply side windows for Class 800/801 trains as part of the IEP. Romag is based in Consett, near Newton Aycliffe where Hitachi is building its n...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >