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UKRIA deadline extended due to popular demand

UKRIA deadline extended due to popular demand

04.10.16: The deadline for the 2017 edition of the prestigious UK Rail Industry Awards has been given a further extension due to popular demand. Entries across the 23 categories have been flooding in, much more than we had anticipated, so RTM has tak...

Three non-executive directors appointed to ORR board

Three non-executive directors appointed to ORR board

29.09.16: Three non-executive directors have been appointed to the board of the ORR by the transport secretary. The new directors are David Franks, currently chief executive of Irish Rail, Graham Mather, chair of the European Policy Forum’s Reg...

Dyan Crowther to lead HS1

Dyan Crowther to lead HS1

26.09.16: The beleaguered Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) franchise announced today that its current chief operating officer is leaving to become the new CEO of HS1. In her two years in the post, Crowther oversaw Southern’s integration with GTR...

Hitachi signs long-term Class 800 engine contract with MTU

Hitachi signs long-term Class 800 engine contract with MTU

21.09.16: MTU, a division of Rolls-Royce, will continue supplying PowerPacks for the Hitachi trains used on the Intercity Express Programme (IEP) after a new long-term contract was announced today. The company will provide additional MTU Series 1600...

Rail Forum East Midlands elects new chair and first president

Rail Forum East Midlands elects new chair and first president

14.09.16: Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM) has elected a new chair, whilst the outgoing chair has become its first president. Members of the RFEM, which brings together rail businesses and local and national government in the Midlands, elected Paul Fr...

RSSB unveils trailblazing closed loop 'dynamic' pantograph

RSSB unveils trailblazing closed loop 'dynamic' pantograph

13.09.16: The cutting-edge pantograph developed by Somerset-based company Brecknell Willis, in conjunction with the RSSB, was unveiled at an industry event last week. The closed loop pantograph, which benefitted from a £300,000 innovation grant...

Supporting a network of centres of excellence

Supporting a network of centres of excellence

05.09.16: David Clarke, Railway Industry Association technical director, discusses the progress made to create a network of ‘Centres of Excellence’. It is sometimes said that the UK rail industry is not sufficiently open to new ideas and...

RSSB demonstrators to seek fuel-saving self-powering train alternatives

RSSB demonstrators to seek fuel-saving self-powering train alternatives

19.08.16: Two feasibility studies into alternative ways of powering trains and saving fuel will go ahead as demonstrators as part of the RSSB’s Powertrain programme, which seeks to develop innovative and sustainable technology for rail vehicles to p...

Non-exec directors appointed to oversee £1.8bn Network Rail asset sell-off

Non-exec directors appointed to oversee £1.8bn Network Rail asset sell-off

11.08.16: Network Rail has appointed two non-executive directors that will help the infrastructure owner dispose of its assets to generate £1.8bn in savings through its recently-created Property Board. Neil Sachdev and Steve Smith, who have exp...

TfL on the lookout for Barking Riverside extension builder

TfL on the lookout for Barking Riverside extension builder

09.08.16: Transport for London (TfL) has kicked off the process of appointing a contractor to build the Barking Riverside extension, initially through a notice with the Official Journal of the European Union ahead of a formal invitation to tender expected...

New route managing director for Wessex appointed

New route managing director for Wessex appointed

05.08.16: Network Rail has announced the appointment of a new managing director for its Wessex route. From 1 November, Becky Lumlock will take over responsibility for the route, which includes Britain’s biggest railway station, Waterloo, and th...

Atkins awarded contract to support Hitachi in Thameslink TMS delivery

Atkins awarded contract to support Hitachi in Thameslink TMS delivery

28.07.16: Atkins is to review Hitachi’s Tranista traffic management system (TMS) before it is implemented for Network Rail’s Thameslink programme. Atkins announced today that it has been awarded the contract to support Hitachi Information...

East Midlands Trains appoints two new senior directors

East Midlands Trains appoints two new senior directors

20.07.16: East Midlands Trains has appointed a new commercial director and customer experience director to replace its departing commercial director. Lawrence Bowman (35), the current head of business planning, will take up the post of commercial dir...

Network Rail seeks OLE design tool supplier bespoke for digital railway

Network Rail seeks OLE design tool supplier bespoke for digital railway

20.07.16: Although initial investigations by Network Rail have identified “some potential contender solutions” to electrify all its major routes as part of Digital Railway, none have met the infrastructure owner’s “overall requirem...

Candfield retires as RIA director general

Candfield retires as RIA director general

19.07.16: Jeremy Candfield is to retire as director general of the Railway Industry Association (RIA) due to health reasons. Candfield, who has held the position since 1998, has not been well for a while with Parkinson’s disease, and he has rel...

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