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ORR appoints railway markets and economics director

ORR appoints railway markets and economics director

10.01.14: The ORR has appointed a new Director of Railway Markets and Economics, Joanna Whittington. She will take up the position from 3 March. Whittington will be responsible for the ORR’s longer term economic regulatory role, as well as plan...

ABC Electrification headline sponsor of UKRIA

ABC Electrification headline sponsor of UKRIA

10.01.14: The UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) is pleased to announce its headline sponsor: ABC Electrification. The full shortlist for the awards, which take place on 20 February, has also been announced this week, with 78 companies in the running ac...

Network Rail's Scotland director leaves post

Network Rail's Scotland director leaves post

10.01.14: Network Rail’s route managing director for Scotland, David Simpson (pictured left), has left his role with immediate effect. He had been placed on “extended leave” last month, along with Anne-Marie Harman, Network Rail Sco...

UK Rail Industry Awards shortlist announced

UK Rail Industry Awards shortlist announced

07.01.14: There have been a staggering 239 entries submitted across the 18 categories of the inaugural UK Rail Industry Awards keeping UKRIA’s pan-industry panel of independent judges very busy over the festive season. The evening is already se...

New Rail Delivery Group chairman announced

New Rail Delivery Group chairman announced

19.12.13: Stagecoach Group chief executive Martin Griffiths has been appointed as chairman of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Griffiths succeeds FirstGroup chief executive Tim O’Toole, who has been the RDG chairman since its creation in 2011. ...

Four contractors win places on £1.2bn Network Rail frameworks

Four contractors win places on £1.2bn Network Rail frameworks

17.12.13: The preferred suppliers have been announced for Network Rail’s four enhancements, buildings and civils frameworks in London and the South East for Control Period 5, worth a total of £1.2bn. VolkerFitzpatrick won the Anglia contr...

London rail contractor enters administration

London rail contractor enters administration

12.12.13: Metropex Group, a rail and underground infrastructure contractor, has entered administration. The company stopped trading on 21 November and administrators from Begbies Traynor were appointed by company directors on 5 December. Begbies...

Steve Best appointed finance director at LOROL

Steve Best appointed finance director at LOROL

02.12.13: London Overground Rail Operations Limited (LOROL) has appointed Steve Best as finance director. Best replaces Peter Austin, who was appointed managing director this January. Previously, he was divisional finance director at the City Link di...

Network Rail supplier bought by Morson Group

Network Rail supplier bought by Morson Group

05.11.13: Vital Services Group (VSG), the largest supplier of labour to Network Rail, has gone into administration. Morson Group has bought the assets and contracts of the seven companies affected, and staff will transfer. Around 2,200 workers will b...

UK Rail Industry Awards deadline extended

UK Rail Industry Awards deadline extended

01.11.13: Rail organisations have a little extra time to get their entries in for the UK Rail Industry Awards. The deadline has been extended to 15 November 2013, in response to requests from organisations needing a little more time to co-ordinate th...

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...

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Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

28/01/2020Bid submitted for £100m Darlington station regeneration

Tees Valley Combined Authority has submitted a bid to government for the funds needed to ‘dramatically overhaul’ Darlington railway s... more >
£500m promised by Government to restore historic rail lines

28/01/2020£500m promised by Government to restore historic rail lines

Remote communities across the country will see the benefit from better rail connections, set to advance regional economies and boost ac... more >
120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

27/01/2020120 NPH leaders call for HS2 to be delivered in full

Over 120 senior business leaders from within the Northern Powerhouse and Midlands have signed an open letter to Prime Minister, Boris Johnson, ur... 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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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 >