Awards, contracts & appointments

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...

Keen industry response to Railtex 2017

Keen industry response to Railtex 2017

22.11.16: Kirsten Whitehouse, exhibition manager at Mack Brooks Exhibitions, provides a round-up of what is on offer at the thirteenth edition of Railtex. The countdown is well underway for Railtex, the UK’s major exhibition of railway products...

RSSB appoints new chief executive officer

RSSB appoints new chief executive officer

14.11.16: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has appointed Mark Phillips as Chief Executive Officer with the appointment taking effect today (14 November). Phillips joined RSSB in February of last year as director of research and standards an...

ORR appoints new director of railway performance and planning

ORR appoints new director of railway performance and planning

08.11.16: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has announced the appointment of a new director of railway performance and planning. Graham Richards will take over the role permanently, having previously been deputy director. He then acted as interim dir...

Siemens awarded contract for Heathrow rail link software upgrade

Siemens awarded contract for Heathrow rail link software upgrade

07.11.16: Siemens will provide the software platform central to upgrading the Heathrow rail Tunnel Control System (TCS) under a new contract announced today. In partnership with Firstco, Siemens will install the WinCC OA SCADA, replacing the current...

Ricardo consortium picked to install LU track switch prototype

Ricardo consortium picked to install LU track switch prototype

28.10.16: A consortium led by Ricardo Rail has been chosen to develop the first installation of the new track switch Repoint, developed by Loughborough University. The consortium, which includes Progress Rail, DEG Signal and MPEC Technology, will now...

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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 >