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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...

Alstom extends Class 180 maintenance contract with Grand Central

Alstom extends Class 180 maintenance contract with Grand Central

13.07.16: Alstom will provide maintenance support for Grand Central’s Class 180 trains for the next 10 years, it has been announced. Under the contract, worth around €100m, Alstom will maintain the Class 180 trains from January 2017 until...

Atkins and CH2M team awarded £1.5m Crossrail 2 modelling contract

Atkins and CH2M team awarded £1.5m Crossrail 2 modelling contract

13.07.16: A £1.5m design and modelling contract for the proposed Crossrail 2 project has been awarded to a partnership between Atkins and CH2M. The partnership will deliver the Stage 1 On-Networks Systems programme for Network Rail, which invol...

HS2 to save £1bn by stopping at Sheffield Midland under new plans

HS2 to save £1bn by stopping at Sheffield Midland under new plans

07.07.16: HS2 will stop at Sheffield Midland instead of Meadowhall under revised proposals for the high-speed rail service’s South Yorkshire route. The route would take a spur along existing track to Sheffield Midland, with the additional optio...

New South Western operator must significantly reduce journey times by 2020

New South Western operator must significantly reduce journey times by 2020

01.07.16: The new South Western franchise will be granted to a bidder who is able to significantly reduce journey times, the DfT has indicated in its newly published invitation to tender, and work to make the Island Line a “self-sustaining business&...

Prof Stephen Glaister to serve another year as ORR chair

Prof Stephen Glaister to serve another year as ORR chair

30.06.16: The interim chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has been reappointed to serve for a second year. Professor Stephen Glaister CBE, a non-executive director of the ORR, was initially appointed as interim chair at the end of last year, r...

Nick Crossfield appointed new Alstom MD for UK and Ireland

Nick Crossfield appointed new Alstom MD for UK and Ireland

28.06.16: Alstom’s managing director of train control has been promoted to its UK and Ireland managing director. Nick Crossfield, who joined Alstom last year, has successfully led the integration of SSL Ltd into Alstom’s UK & Ireland...

Network Rail appoints PwC to review options for depot sales

Network Rail appoints PwC to review options for depot sales

21.06.16: Network Rail has appointed PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) to advise it on the possibility of selling its light maintenance depots. Network Rail said it has appointed the consultancy firm to overview the depots and discuss when and how would b...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

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

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Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

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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 >