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Over 60 Carillion jobs saved in welding merger deal

Over 60 Carillion jobs saved in welding merger deal

09.05.18: Infrastructure specialist organisation Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) Limited has saved 63 jobs from the Carillion closure by brokering a deal to acquire the contractor’s welding sector. The division will become part of the Auctus Manage...

Balfour Beatty awarded £50m contract for Great Western line maintenance

Balfour Beatty awarded £50m contract for Great Western line maintenance

03.05.18: Network Rail has today awarded infrastructure group Balfour Beatty a new five-year ‘Reactive Building and Civils Contract’ worth £50m. As part of the government-funded rail network’s ‘Route Building and Civil F...

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

Birmingham International station set for £286m revamp

03.05.18: The plans for a £286m revamp of Birmingham International station have been revealed after it secured more than £9m for a redesign project in preparation for the arrival of HS2. Over £9m has been awarded to the Urban G...

HS1 appoints former Go-Ahead CEO as chairman

HS1 appoints former Go-Ahead CEO as chairman

02.05.18: HS1 Ltd, the owner and operator of the High Speed 1 rail link, has today announced the appointment of former Go-Ahead Group CEO Keith Ludeman as chairman designate. Ludeman held an instrumental role in the introduction of Southeastern high-sp...

BAM Nuttall awarded £10m Highland mainline contract

BAM Nuttall awarded £10m Highland mainline contract

18.04.18: BAM Nuttall has won a £10m Network Rail contract for upgrade works to the Highland mainline. The contract forms part of a £57m Scottish Government-funded investment in the line that links Inverness and the Central Belt. Work unde...

Alstom bags 12-year Caledonian Sleeper maintenance deal

Alstom bags 12-year Caledonian Sleeper maintenance deal

18.04.18: Alstom has been awarded a £15m maintenance contract for the Class 92 Caledonian Sleeper locomotives. The company already manages the maintenance of the carriages, and will continue to do so once the new Sleeper carriages are introduced la...

NR awards £115m track deal to Balfour Beatty

NR awards £115m track deal to Balfour Beatty

12.04.18: Balfour Beatty has been awarded a seven-year contract worth over £115m by Network Rail. The contract is for the supply, operation and maintenance of Balfour Beatty’s fleet of 13 track maintenance vehicles, known as ‘on track m...

Siemens appoints new UK rolling stock boss

Siemens appoints new UK rolling stock boss

11.04.18: Siemens has announced the appointment of Will Wilson as its new managing director for its rolling stock business. The appointment, which comes into effect on 1 May, will see Wilson replace the current managing director, Vernon Barker, who will...

UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

UKRIA 2018: NTAR’s response

05.04.18: Below is a letter from Simon Rennie, general manager at the National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), regarding the UK Rail Industry Awards 2018.   I am writing to summarise our experience and subsequent thoughts following the UK...

Northern leaders meet with rail minister to formally launch TfN

Northern leaders meet with rail minister to formally launch TfN

05.04.18: Transport for the North (TfN) will officially become England’s first ever sub-national transport body today as transport minister Jo Johnson meets northern leaders and businesses in Liverpool. The inaugural meeting marks the moment that t...

Alstom and Siemens take next step in merger with BCA

Alstom and Siemens take next step in merger with BCA

04.04.18: Siemens and Alstom have entered into a Business Combination Agreement (BCA) regarding the proposed combination of Siemens’ mobility business with Alstom. This latest step follows the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) signed in September 2...

GWR takeover deal preserves Heathrow Express until 2028

GWR takeover deal preserves Heathrow Express until 2028

04.04.18: Great Western Railway (GWR), subsidiary of FirstGroup, has reached an agreement with the government which means it will run the operational aspects of the Heathrow service under a management contract from later this year. While Heathrow will re...

NR bags most prizes while Chiltern wins big at #UKRIA18

NR bags most prizes while Chiltern wins big at #UKRIA18

23.03.18: Network Rail topped the charts at this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), while Chiltern Railways took home the prestigious Operator of the Year. The infrastructure owner took home prizes for Recruitment Excellence and Track Tech...

Winners of £500,000 Data Sandbox competition revealed by RSSB

Winners of £500,000 Data Sandbox competition revealed by RSSB

19.03.18: The Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has revealed the winners of its £500,000 competition, aimed to help develop novel ideas and solutions to key network performance challenges. The ‘Data sandbox: Improving network performance...

Major Network Rail contractor appoints new rail boss

Major Network Rail contractor appoints new rail boss

19.03.18: Dyer & Butler, one of Network Rail’s principal contractors, has announced the appointment of a new rail director, set to focus on the upcoming CP6 framework. Chris Darlow, who has worked for a number of other major rail and engine...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >