Awards, contracts & appointments

Eurostar unveils former Yodel boss as new CEO

Eurostar unveils former Yodel boss as new CEO

09.01.18: Eurostar has appointed Mike Cooper as its new chief executive following the departure of former CEO Nicolas Petrovic. Cooper leaves his role as chief executive of delivery company Yodel to join the Britain-France service operator, having pr...

ORR chair Stephen Glaister reappointed for another year

ORR chair Stephen Glaister reappointed for another year

04.01.18: Professor Stephen Glaister has been reappointed as chair of the ORR for another year. The former RAC Foundation director took over the role in an interim capacity in December 2015 when former chair Anna Walker stepped away from the organisa...

Siemens awarded multi-million pound ETCS signalling contract

Siemens awarded multi-million pound ETCS signalling contract

04.01.18: Network Rail has awarded a multi-million pound contract for the installation of new state-of-the-art in-cab signalling systems to Siemens. The company will supply, install and support the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalli...

Network Rail announces appointment of new non-executive director

Network Rail announces appointment of new non-executive director

04.01.18: Network Rail has today appointed a new non-executive director. Mike Putnam will replace Malcolm Brinded CBE, who retired from the board in July 2016. Putnam, a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a fellow of...

CAF officially signs £680m deal for new West Midlands Trains stock

CAF officially signs £680m deal for new West Midlands Trains stock

12.12.17: CAF has announced that it will officially be responsible for part of a £680m train manufacturing contract with the new West Midlands Trains franchise operator. The deal includes a fleet of DMUs, consisting of a mix of 12x2-car trains...

Siemens appoints new rail managing director

Siemens appoints new rail managing director

22.11.17: Siemens has appointed a new managing director of its Rail Automation business in the UK. Rob Morris, who first joined the company in January 2015, will take up his new position from 1 December. Currently the director of operations, he is res...

NR sets up two new route supervisory boards to spur private cash

NR sets up two new route supervisory boards to spur private cash

15.11.17: Network Rail has launched two additional supervisory boards aimed at attracting external investment on the Chiltern, West Coast and West Midlands routes. Both boards will be chaired by Geoff Inskip, appointed by Network Rail’s London...

Merseyrail boss takes up top job at West Midlands Trains

Merseyrail boss takes up top job at West Midlands Trains

14.11.17: Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde has been appointed new managing director of West Midlands Trains Ltd, taking up the job from the same role at Merseyrail. The new operator, which will take over the West Midlands Rail franchise on 10 December, is...

HS2 Ltd names new HR director

HS2 Ltd names new HR director

13.11.17: Neil Hayward has been appointed as HS2 Ltd’s new HR director. With over 20 years’ experience under his belt, Hayward has held a number of senior human resources positions in the public and private sector – most recently as gro...

Carillion gets £300m boost with award of two major NR contracts

Carillion gets £300m boost with award of two major NR contracts

06.11.17: Network Rail has awarded two major contracts to Carillion to deliver part of the Midland Mainline improvement programme. The first contract will see Carillion upgrade the existing track on the route from London to Corby, and is expected to gene...

HS2 hires new finance director amid redundancy payment controversy

HS2 hires new finance director amid redundancy payment controversy

01.11.17: HS2 has brought in a new financial director as the organisation attempts to tackle questions over unauthorised redundancy payments. Elizabeth Gillbe – currently finance and analysis director at Crossrail – will join the company...

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts

31.10.17: The contract for future improvement work on the TransPennine route between York and Manchester has been awarded by Network Rail to an alliance of organisations. Design infrastructure options for the route will be completed by Amey, BAM Nutt...

NR to start ‘conscious shift’ of spending away from large companies

NR to start ‘conscious shift’ of spending away from large companies

06.10.17: Network Rail is not interested in taking a traditional approach to rationalising its supply chain, but rather wants to maintain the same number of suppliers in the industry whilst shifting spend away from bigger companies and into SMEs. Spe...

DB Schenker to manage Hitachi warehouses in UK

DB Schenker to manage Hitachi warehouses in UK

02.10.17: DB Schenker has today announced that it has secured a long-term contract to manage Hitachi Rail’s warehouse and spare parts distribution processes in the UK. It will provide warehouse and transport solutions for a wide range of parts...

Siemens and Alstom join forces in major merger

Siemens and Alstom join forces in major merger

27.09.17: Siemens and Alstom have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combine the two businesses in Europe. Siemens will receive 50% of Alstom’s share capital on a fully diluted basis. The Franco-German merger is ex...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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 East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >