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East Coast MD wins ‘Woman of the Year’ award

East Coast MD wins ‘Woman of the Year’ award

17.09.14: Karen Boswell, managing director of East Coast, has won Woman of the Year 2014 at the Women 1st Shine Awards. The award, presented at a ceremony in London on Tuesday, means that Boswell now joins the elite Top 100 Club of Britain’s mo...

Phil Hufton to replace Robin Gisby at Network Rail

Phil Hufton to replace Robin Gisby at Network Rail

15.09.14: Phil Hufton is set to take over as Network Rail’s managing director of network operations from Robin Gisby in early 2015, it was announced today. Hufton, who spoke to RTM about efficiency and reliability in 2013, will be joining from...

Delegating NR spending decisions may not be so ‘cavalier’ – APM

Delegating NR spending decisions may not be so ‘cavalier’ – APM

08.09.14: A move by Network Rail bosses to “free up board time for more strategic issues” by delegating cost and contract controls to the Executive Committee may not be as ‘cavalier’ as some union leaders have suggested.  ...

Balfour Beatty confirms sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff for £820m

Balfour Beatty confirms sale of Parsons Brinckerhoff for £820m

04.09.14: Balfour Beatty has announced the sale of its professional services division, Parsons Brinckerhoff, to WSP Global Inc for £820m. Merger talks between Balfour Beatty and Carillion plc recently collapsed in part due to complications and...

Network Rail awards £1.6bn in framework contracts

Network Rail awards £1.6bn in framework contracts

04.09.14: Network Rail is awarding 20 framework agreements with a combined value of £1.6bn to a total of nine suppliers, it was announced today. The frameworks cover an extensive programme of enhancement and renewals to the London North Western...

TfL awards Bank station box fit-out contract

TfL awards Bank station box fit-out contract

03.09.14: Transport for London (TfL) has awarded the fit-out contract of the new Waterloo & City Line station entrance ‘box’ at Bank to construction specialists Hochtief UK Limited.  The contract, part of a £57m major redev...

Scaling up excellence within the supply chain

Scaling up excellence within the supply chain

01.09.14: Do you feel your organisation has a good reputation for project delivery? Are you used to reacting to a crisis and going the extra mile? That is great, but it can be exhausting! It is certainly not sustainable in the long-term. Can you influence...

Top tips to help SME suppliers stand out from the crowd

Top tips to help SME suppliers stand out from the crowd

01.09.14: Suzanne O’Keane, Achilles Community Manager of the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme, explores how small and medium-sized enterprises can gain the attention of larger buyers. Small and medium-sized enterprises in the rail ind...

Carillion doesn’t rule out third Balfour Beatty bid

Carillion doesn’t rule out third Balfour Beatty bid

14.08.14: Carillion has not ruled out the possibility of making a third bid to merge with Balfour Beatty, despite talks breaking down earlier this week. In a stock exchange statement, it was stated that since Monday 11 August – the day Balfour...

Balfour Beatty rejects revised Carillion merger bid

Balfour Beatty rejects revised Carillion merger bid

11.08.14: Balfour Beatty has rejected a revised proposal on a potential £3bn merger with fellow construction giant Carillion. In a statement released this morning, the company’s board of directors stated that although they were “min...

Senior rail figures make shortlist for 2014 Shine Awards

Senior rail figures make shortlist for 2014 Shine Awards

08.08.14: Several senior names from the rail industry have made it onto the Women 1st shortlist for its 2014 Shine Awards, which celebrate the achievements of women working in the passenger transport, hospitality, travel, tourism and retail industries. ...

S&C renewals contracts worth £800m confirmed

S&C renewals contracts worth £800m confirmed

31.07.14: A joint venture of Colas Rail and URS has secured a contract worth up to £400m from Network Rail to deliver switches and crossings (S&C) renewals across the South of England and Wales over the next ten years, while AmeySersa won the co...

Balfour Beatty terminates Carillion merger talks

Balfour Beatty terminates Carillion merger talks

31.07.14: Balfour Beatty has terminated discussions with Carillion with regards to a possible merger. The decision, with immediate effect, comes less than a week after the two construction giants confirmed they were in ‘preliminary discussions&...

Torrent Trackside buys Balfour Beatty’s rail plant hire business

Torrent Trackside buys Balfour Beatty’s rail plant hire business

30.07.14: Balfour Beatty Rail has sold its trackside plant and equipment rail business to Vp plc, which owns Torrent Trackside, for £5.5m. Jeremy Pilkington, chairman of Vp plc, said: “This transaction further strengths our business relat...

Balfour Beatty and Carillion confirm merger talks

Balfour Beatty and Carillion confirm merger talks

25.07.14: Balfour Beatty and Carillion have confirmed that the two construction giants are engaged in ‘preliminary discussions’ with regards to a possible merger. Although the companies would not confirm how much the merger is likely to c...

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Ep 10. We need to keep investing in rail, Kate Jennings

27/05/2020Ep 10. We need to keep investing in rail, Kate Jennings

Policy Director and Lead Coronavirus Response Co-Ordinator at RIA, Kate Jennings, joined host Matt Roberts on Track Talk to discuss how the rail ... more >
GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

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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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >