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Entries open for UK Rail Industry Awards 2018

Entries open for UK Rail Industry Awards 2018

07.04.17: Entries are now open for the 2018 edition of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA). The event, hosted by RTM, brings together key decision-makers and leaders from across the industry to meet, network and celebrate the achievements of organisations...

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

TOCs and suppliers come together as RSSB names innovation competition winners

14.03.17: Six successful projects focused on innovation have been given the green light as part of a £4m RSSB competition, meaning TOCs will now take them forward to the next stage of development. The projects, competing to win a share of the f...

Metrolink director Cushing steps down on high note

Metrolink director Cushing steps down on high note

09.03.17: The head of Manchester’s Metrolink, Peter Cushing, has stepped down from his role in the company, handing over leadership to his deputy Danny Vaughan. The news comes the week after work was completed on Metrolink’s Second City C...

Countdown to Railtex continues

Countdown to Railtex continues

09.03.17: Ken Harris writing on behalf of Mack Brooks Exhibitions gives RTM an update on the preparations ahead of this year’s Railtex, which takes place from 9-11 May at the National Exhibition Centre in Birmingham. With Railtex 2017, the UK&r...

Celebrating innovation and achievement

Celebrating innovation and achievement

09.03.17: The latest instalment of the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) proved to be the biggest success in the event’s illustrious history, with more than 1,100 guests gathering to celebrate the industry’s achievements and innovation at London...

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post

South West Trains MD steps down after a year in post

06.03.17: The managing director of South West Trains (SWT), Christian Roth, is preparing to step down from the role after one year in the position. It also marks the end of a decade-long tenure at the rail operator. Roth joined the company in 2008 ha...

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

NR appoints new chief operating officer for Wessex route

23.02.17: Network Rail has appointed Jason Bridges into the new role of chief operating officer for its Wessex route, a line including all routes to and from Waterloo as well as the UK’s busiest interchange, Clapham Junction. Bridges, who will...

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

ORR confirms Joanna Whittington as CEO

20.02.17: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has today officially confirmed the appointment of Joanna Whittington as its permanent CEO following an open public competition, effective immediately. Previously, Whittington had been the ORR’s direct...

Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

Network Rail and LU dominate at this year’s UKRIA

10.02.17: Network Rail and London Underground (LU) dominated this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), taking home three trophies each for their contribution to the railways.  At the event, hosted by RTM, the infrastructure owner won th...

Alex Hynes appointed managing director of ScotRail Alliance

Alex Hynes appointed managing director of ScotRail Alliance

23.01.17: Alex Hynes, the current managing director of Arriva Rail North, is set to be appointed as managing director for ScotRail Alliance and will join the operator later this year. Hynes will be replacing Phil Verster, who last week announced he w...

Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

Verster to leave ScotRail for East West Rail

20.01.17: Phil Verster will be leaving his current position as ScotRail’s managing director, which he has held since 2015, to become the MD of the East West Rail project in the spring. The new East West Rail organisation, announced by the trans...

TfL reveals Barking Riverside Extension shortlist

TfL reveals Barking Riverside Extension shortlist

15.12.16: The contractors being considered to build the London Overground Barking Riverside Extension are down to a shortlist of three. TfL announced that Balfour Beatty, Carillion PLC and VolkerFitzpatrick have been shortlisted for the contract to b...

Cambridgeshire supplier opens doors to rail after RISQS accreditation

Cambridgeshire supplier opens doors to rail after RISQS accreditation

12.12.16: Cambridgeshire-based construction business Mick George Ltd has successfully been accredited on the Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS) and has announced that its doors are open to nationwide rail tenders. The company, whi...

NIC tasked with infrastructure technology study as fiscal remit set

NIC tasked with infrastructure technology study as fiscal remit set

25.11.16: The chancellor has called on the National Infrastructure Commission (NIC) to lead a review on how new technologies can improve infrastructure productivity, while also setting the future fiscal remit for the commission. During his Autumn Sta...

Network Rail appoints new contracts and procurement director

Network Rail appoints new contracts and procurement director

22.11.16: Network Rail has announced that Andy Haynes has been appointed as its new contracts and procurement director. Haynes has extensive experience in working for Network Rail, having most recently worked as project director on Network Rail&rsquo...

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