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Carillion gets £300m boost with award of two major NR contracts

Carillion gets £300m boost with award of two major NR contracts

06.11.17: Network Rail has awarded two major contracts to Carillion to deliver part of the Midland Mainline improvement programme. The first contract will see Carillion upgrade the existing track on the route from London to Corby, and is expected to gene...

HS2 hires new finance director amid redundancy payment controversy

HS2 hires new finance director amid redundancy payment controversy

01.11.17: HS2 has brought in a new financial director as the organisation attempts to tackle questions over unauthorised redundancy payments. Elizabeth Gillbe – currently finance and analysis director at Crossrail – will join the company...

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts

Network Rail awards TransPennine route upgrade contracts

31.10.17: The contract for future improvement work on the TransPennine route between York and Manchester has been awarded by Network Rail to an alliance of organisations. Design infrastructure options for the route will be completed by Amey, BAM Nutt...

NR to start ‘conscious shift’ of spending away from large companies

NR to start ‘conscious shift’ of spending away from large companies

06.10.17: Network Rail is not interested in taking a traditional approach to rationalising its supply chain, but rather wants to maintain the same number of suppliers in the industry whilst shifting spend away from bigger companies and into SMEs. Spe...

DB Schenker to manage Hitachi warehouses in UK

DB Schenker to manage Hitachi warehouses in UK

02.10.17: DB Schenker has today announced that it has secured a long-term contract to manage Hitachi Rail’s warehouse and spare parts distribution processes in the UK. It will provide warehouse and transport solutions for a wide range of parts...

Siemens and Alstom join forces in major merger

Siemens and Alstom join forces in major merger

27.09.17: Siemens and Alstom have announced that they have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to combine the two businesses in Europe. Siemens will receive 50% of Alstom’s share capital on a fully diluted basis. The Franco-German merger is ex...

Munro retires as HS2 phase 2 boss

Munro retires as HS2 phase 2 boss

30.08.17: The governance shake-up at HS2 Ltd shows no signs of slowing down as it has been revealed that managing director for the project’s phase 2, Alison Munro, has now retired from her role. Munro had been with the company since the beginni...

New Arriva Trains Wales boss named ahead of franchise refresh

New Arriva Trains Wales boss named ahead of franchise refresh

25.08.17: The current passenger services director for London Midland has been selected to head up Arriva Trains Wales (ATW) as its managing director from 2 October, taking over from Ian Bullock. Tom Joyner is leaving his former organisation just a fe...

Atkins awarded £29m deal for innovative Anglia re-signalling programme

Atkins awarded £29m deal for innovative Anglia re-signalling programme

16.08.17: Network Rail today announced that Atkins has been awarded a £29m contract for re-signalling of the Norwich-Yarmouth-Lowestoft route. The company will provide a full suite of GRIP 5-8 design, engineering, construction, testing and comm...

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

Major players win big as HS2 awards £6.6bn construction contracts

17.07.17: A number of high-profile joint ventures (JVs) have been revealed as the winners of £6.6bn worth of major construction and civil engineering contracts for the first phase of HS2 between London and Birmingham. In March last year, the te...

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

Duo of shortlists revealed for HS2 station design and master development contracts

17.07.17: The names of the designers and engineers who are formally in the running to develop detailed plans for three brand new stations and majorly expand London Euston have today been named by HS2 Ltd. The station design contract shortlist, reveal...

WMR reveals key appointments to drive forward new franchise

WMR reveals key appointments to drive forward new franchise

28.06.17: West Midlands Rail (WMR) has revealed two key appointments to help prepare the organisation to oversee the new local franchise, which it will run jointly with DfT from this autumn. Tom Painter is to become WMR’s franchise delivery man...

PwC economist joins Hansford Review panel

PwC economist joins Hansford Review panel

26.04.17: Respected economist Daniel Hanson has today been appointed to the Hansford Review panel. The investigation, being led by Professor Peter Hansford, is examining contestability in the UK rail market and looking into options for third-party in...

Holophane win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

Holophane win Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Innovation 2017

21.04.17: The acuity brands company Holophane Europe has won one of the UK’s most prestigious business awards. The Milton Keynes-based lighting manufacturer has received the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in recognition of its highly innova...

David Tonkin appointed as RIA chairman for second time

David Tonkin appointed as RIA chairman for second time

10.04.17: The Rail Industry Association (RIA) has announced that it has appointed David Tonkin as its new chairman for the second time. The new chairman has held the position before, as he was also selected for the role at the end of 2012. Tonki...

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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 >