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Dinner at the Roundhouse resounding success

Dinner at the Roundhouse resounding success

12.10.12: Last night saw the annual black tie dinner held at the famous Derby Roundhouse, where industry professionals came together to share their successes and forge new connections. Held by Mainspring and headline sponsors Garrandale, the event wa...

Sellafield Ltd appoints Morgan Sindall and Arup

Sellafield Ltd appoints Morgan Sindall and Arup

12.10.12: A joint venture Morgan Sindall and Arup has been selected as the preferred delivery partner by Sellafield Ltd for a contract worth potentially £1.1bn. The JV will provide a range of essential infrastructure asset services to the Sella...

Six companies shortlisted to build 13 Crossrail stations

Six companies shortlisted to build 13 Crossrail stations

04.10.12: An invitation to tender has been issued for the design and construction of 13 stations on the western section of the Crossrail route. Network Rail has issued invitations to Morgan Sindall, Costain, Geoffrey Osborne, Vinci, Balfour Beatty an...

Six training providers rated 'outstanding' – NSARE conference

Six training providers rated 'outstanding' – NSARE conference

27.09.12: NSARE has revealed the results of the external inspections of 88 rail industry training providers and assessment providers this summer. The inspections were conducted by Tribal, whose inspectors have a high level of expertise in educational...

Crossrail awards £7m signalling contract

Crossrail awards £7m signalling contract

20.09.12: Network Rail has awarded the contract for over £7m signalling enabling works for Crossrail’s western section. Osborne has been appointed to cover the west outer signalling renewal, with civil’s works covering a 17 mile section...

Hitachi selects MTU to supply IEP engines

Hitachi selects MTU to supply IEP engines

20.09.12: MTU has been selected as the preferred supplier to design, develop and service 250 Powerpacks for the Hitachi’s IEP Super Express trains. The contract is worth over €200m, and MTU will supply Powerpacks with 700kW engines of the...

Further delays for Thameslink possible – RMT

Further delays for Thameslink possible – RMT

06.09.12: The Thameslink fleet contract could suffer yet more delays, according to the RMT. The RMT union says that the fact winning bidder Siemens is to pay the Greek government £262m in a settlement of bribery allegations around the Athens Ol...

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...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >