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Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

Amey manager appointed as TfN’s permanent NPR director

23.02.18: Transport for the North (TfN) has announced the appointment of its new Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) director. Tim Wood has already successfully held the post of interim NPR director. He will lead on the flagship programme which aims to rad...

Mark Carne to step down as Network Rail chief executive

Mark Carne to step down as Network Rail chief executive

06.02.18: Network Rail chief executive Mark Carne is to step down from his role after four years in charge. The announcement comes weeks after Network Rail told the public that Carne was doing a “terrific job” and that his position was no...

Balfour Beatty wins £40m Stoneblower contract

Balfour Beatty wins £40m Stoneblower contract

05.02.18: Balfour Beatty has been awarded a four-year contract worth over £40m, which will see the company take over the operations and maintenance of Network Rail’s fleet of track maintenance machines known as “Stoneblowers.” It...

New London Overground maintenance contract secures rights of Carillion employees

New London Overground maintenance contract secures rights of Carillion employees

31.01.18: Transport for London has announced that it will appoint Cleshar Contract Services Ltd. to take over maintenance work on London Overground’s East London Line. The contract has been awarded on the basis that existing Carillion employees wil...

Grayling questioned over second extension of ORR chair’s post

Grayling questioned over second extension of ORR chair’s post

29.01.18: The transport secretary has faced questions following the second extension of Professor Stephen Glaister’s post as chair of the Office of Road and Rail (ORR), it has been revealed. Correspondence between Chris Grayling, Lilian Greenwood...

Network Rail: Carne doing a ‘terrific job’ and position not in danger

Network Rail: Carne doing a ‘terrific job’ and position not in danger

15.01.18: Network Rail officials have fired back over rumours that the organisation’s CEO is in danger of losing his job. Reports in The Telegraph suggested that Carne could be under pressure from the government to leave his role because of slo...

Eurostar unveils former Yodel boss as new CEO

Eurostar unveils former Yodel boss as new CEO

09.01.18: Eurostar has appointed Mike Cooper as its new chief executive following the departure of former CEO Nicolas Petrovic. Cooper leaves his role as chief executive of delivery company Yodel to join the Britain-France service operator, having pr...

ORR chair Stephen Glaister reappointed for another year

ORR chair Stephen Glaister reappointed for another year

04.01.18: Professor Stephen Glaister has been reappointed as chair of the ORR for another year. The former RAC Foundation director took over the role in an interim capacity in December 2015 when former chair Anna Walker stepped away from the organisa...

Siemens awarded multi-million pound ETCS signalling contract

Siemens awarded multi-million pound ETCS signalling contract

04.01.18: Network Rail has awarded a multi-million pound contract for the installation of new state-of-the-art in-cab signalling systems to Siemens. The company will supply, install and support the European Train Control System (ETCS) in-cab signalli...

Network Rail announces appointment of new non-executive director

Network Rail announces appointment of new non-executive director

04.01.18: Network Rail has today appointed a new non-executive director. Mike Putnam will replace Malcolm Brinded CBE, who retired from the board in July 2016. Putnam, a chartered engineer, a fellow of the Institute of Civil Engineers and a fellow of...

CAF officially signs £680m deal for new West Midlands Trains stock

CAF officially signs £680m deal for new West Midlands Trains stock

12.12.17: CAF has announced that it will officially be responsible for part of a £680m train manufacturing contract with the new West Midlands Trains franchise operator. The deal includes a fleet of DMUs, consisting of a mix of 12x2-car trains...

Siemens appoints new rail managing director

Siemens appoints new rail managing director

22.11.17: Siemens has appointed a new managing director of its Rail Automation business in the UK. Rob Morris, who first joined the company in January 2015, will take up his new position from 1 December. Currently the director of operations, he is res...

NR sets up two new route supervisory boards to spur private cash

NR sets up two new route supervisory boards to spur private cash

15.11.17: Network Rail has launched two additional supervisory boards aimed at attracting external investment on the Chiltern, West Coast and West Midlands routes. Both boards will be chaired by Geoff Inskip, appointed by Network Rail’s London...

Merseyrail boss takes up top job at West Midlands Trains

Merseyrail boss takes up top job at West Midlands Trains

14.11.17: Jan Chaudhry-van der Velde has been appointed new managing director of West Midlands Trains Ltd, taking up the job from the same role at Merseyrail. The new operator, which will take over the West Midlands Rail franchise on 10 December, is...

HS2 Ltd names new HR director

HS2 Ltd names new HR director

13.11.17: Neil Hayward has been appointed as HS2 Ltd’s new HR director. With over 20 years’ experience under his belt, Hayward has held a number of senior human resources positions in the public and private sector – most recently as gro...

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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 >