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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...

Financing a ‘key factor’ in Siemens’ Thameslink win

Financing a ‘key factor’ in Siemens’ Thameslink win

16.08.13: The head of the Siemens division responsible for putting together the funding package for the Thameslink rolling stock deal says the financing was a “key factor” in the German company winning the contract. Writing for RTM, Johan...

Balfour Beatty wins Midland Metro extension contract

Balfour Beatty wins Midland Metro extension contract

07.08.13: Centro has appointed Balfour Beatty to extend the Midland Metro through Birmingham city centre. The contract is for a 1.4km extension linking the city’s two major rail stations. Balfour Beatty will be responsible for designing, constr...

HS2 Taskforce members appointed

HS2 Taskforce members appointed

31.07.13: The HS2 Growth Taskforce has been bolstered by senior figures from across the UK, transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has announced. The group was set up to maximise the economic benefits of HS2 and seeks to learn from the success of Cro...

BTPA board members appointed

BTPA board members appointed

30.07.13: Five new board members have been appointed to the British Transport Police Authority, rail minister Simon Burns has announced. Stella Thomas will represent the interests of Welsh passengers, Catherine Crawford will represent those travellin...

Level crossing database contract for Network Rail

Level crossing database contract for Network Rail

26.07.13: Network Rail has awarded a new contract to manage its rural level crossings. Contract Assist will configure database systems to manage the register of authorised users who have crossings on their private land. The new Customer Relationship...

Ex-Scotrail boss to work on franchise bidding for National Express

Ex-Scotrail boss to work on franchise bidding for National Express

12.07.13: The former head of ScotRail, Mary Grant, who helped FirstGroup secure the franchise is to work on National Express’s bid to win it back. The Scotsman has reported that Grant, currently working on international projects for the transpo...

‘A supplier-dependent organisation’: Network Rail Infrastructure Projects and how it is changing

‘A supplier-dependent organisation’: Network Rail Infrastructure Projects and how it is changing

01.07.13: Network Rail’s Infrastructure Projects business is likely to spend around £23bn during CP5 – and is determined to change the way it works with its supply chain and key contractors to improve performance, delivery, safety and su...

Railtex 2013

Railtex 2013

01.07.13: Adam Hewitt reports from Railtex 2013, the country’s biggest railway show, where 434 organisations exhibited in front of more than 8,000 visitors from the UK and around the world. Rail minister Simon Burns, one of the keynote speakers...

Does collaboration work?

Does collaboration work?

01.07.13: It is recognised that collaboration will help companies deliver rail projects more efficiently, but is this really the case? A year on from gaining BS 11000 certification, Steve Higham, managing director of Rail Engineering Projects at Atkins, e...

British Coatings Federation vice president elected

British Coatings Federation vice president elected

27.06.13: John Falder, managing director of HMG Paints Ltd, has been elected Vice President of the British Coatings Federation (BCF). He is currently the chairman of the BCF’s Industrial Coatings Council and the Vehicle Refinish Group. Fal...

New freight director appointed at Network Rail

New freight director appointed at Network Rail

26.06.13: Paul McMahon has been appointed as director of freight, Network Rail has announced. McMahon, has previously worked at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), is replacing Tim Robinson, who is the new route managing director for Sussex. Ro...

Consultants for Thameslink cost £8m

Consultants for Thameslink cost £8m

21.06.13: Delays over the Thameslink contract to Siemens has cost £8m in consultancy fees, RMT has found. The union obtained the figure through a question to transport minister Simon Burns from RMT Parliamentary Group member and Derby MP C...

Steer to focus on economy as CILT president

Steer to focus on economy as CILT president

21.05.13: Britain has the “best railway in Europe” Jim Steer has said as incoming president of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT). Steer, best known for his roles at consultancy Steer Davies Gleave and high-speed ra...

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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 >