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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...

Costain replaces Carillion as Network Rail’s top supplier

Costain replaces Carillion as Network Rail’s top supplier

21.10.16: Costain Ltd topped Network Rail’s list of suppliers for 2015-16, with infrastructure contracts worth £377m, making up 5.17% of Network Rail’s total spending. Carillion Construction, another infrastructure contractor, which...

Atkins consortium wins contract to remodel Leeds station ahead of HS2

Atkins consortium wins contract to remodel Leeds station ahead of HS2

20.10.16: The contract to redesign Leeds station to prepare it for HS2 has been awarded to a consortium of design, engineering and project management consultants led by Atkins. The group will design a blueprint to deliver planned improvements to Leed...

RIA appoints new chief executive

RIA appoints new chief executive

17.10.16: Darren Caplan has been named as the new chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA). Caplan will take over early next year, replacing David Tonkin, who has acted as interim chief executive since former RIA director general Jeremy...

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...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >