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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...

New appointments for Network Rail asset management

New appointments for Network Rail asset management

20.07.12: Network Rail has appointed five new directors to its asset management services, a new structure which goes live on August 22. The asset management team is intended to be more customer focused. A new role of technical director has also been...

Network Rail rewards its top suppliers at Partnership Awards

Network Rail rewards its top suppliers at Partnership Awards

15.06.12: RTM joined some of the biggest names in the rail industry at the annual Network Rail Partnership Awards at the Imperial War Museum near Cambridge last night. The team behind the stunning King’s Cross Station Western Range building and...

HS2 professional services contracts awarded

HS2 professional services contracts awarded

08.06.12: The final lot of contracts under the professional services framework has been awarded, HS2 Ltd has announced. Four land referencing contracts, covering land access and referencing for ecological, environmental and engineering surveys, were...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19/07/2019TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >