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Rugged – the right track for the rail industry

19.02.08: The railway industry is a long time user of ruggedised computers for both onboard and maintenance crews. As railway workers can’t always control the environment they work in, the importance of handheld computers that can withstand a great... more >

STATS joins RSK Group

19.02.08: In January 2008, STATS joined the RSK Group to form the UK’s largest privately owned environmental consultancy with around 900 combined staff spread across 39 locations worldwide. Explaining the move, STATS chairman Adrian Marsh says:... more >

Tube Lines reels in a beauty

19.02.08: New machine makes moving cable safer and faster Tube Lines has overcome the challenge of moving massive amounts of cabling into its London Underground stations, some as deep as 60m below ground. A new machine developed with Data Techniques... more >

Victoria Line closing early for more improvement work

19.02.08: The Victoria Line is closing early between Mondays and Thursdays from 4th February until late November 2008. Upgrading the Victoria line is one of London Underground's largest investment projects and part of a £10bn programme of inves... more >

Working with wildlife needn’t be an issue for infrarail projects

19.02.08: With the growing number of rail infrastructure projects in the pipeline there are bound to be a significant number that will impact on ecology and wildlife. With good ecological management and advanced planning this needn’t necessarily be... more >

Lincoln signallers to strike in support of colleague

15.02.08: RMT threatens to escalate dispute to defend transfer agreement More than 50 RMT signallers in the Lincoln area are to take two separate days of strike action after voting by more than four to one for action in support of a colleague treat... more >

National Express East Coast to relocate to new HQ in York

15.02.08: York-based train operator National Express East Coast is to relocate its headquarters to new premises in central York this summer, reaffirming its commitment to the city. The company, which started running rail services on the East Coast Ma... more >

Network Rail to launch new pension scheme

15.02.08: A third pension scheme, widening the choice for its 34,000 employees, has been unveiled by Network Rail. The pension scheme will be a defined benefit arrangement, based on the average of an employees earnings, known as Career Average Revalu... more >

Network Rail's rock solid investment in new ballast cleaner

15.02.08: Network Rail took another significant step in its drive to improve the way it carries out engineering and maintenance works this month by ordering a new ballast cleaning system. Built by Austrian rail engineering firm Plasser and Theurer, t... more >

ORR signals tougher regime for Network Rail

15.02.08: The Office of Rail Regulation today set out how it will hold Network Rail to account for meeting tough new targets and delivering a better value for money railway as part of its Periodic Review process. ORR has provided an update on how it... more >

Passenger Focus makes submission to ORR enquiry

15.02.08: Passenger Focus’ submission criticises the lack of information passengers were provided with during New Year disruptions at Liverpool Street, Glasgow and on West Coast routes. The national rail watchdog has also called for Network Rail to... more >

ACE calls for engineering disciplines to be added to skills shortages list

08.02.08: Leading business association the Association for Consultancy and Engineering (ACE) has continued its drive to have more engineering disciplines included on the UK government’s list of professions suffering from skills shortages. In di... more >

Investigation into an accident at Barrow on Soar on 1 February 2008

08.02.08: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is carrying out an investigation into an accident where a passenger train collided with a damaged footbridge at Barrow on Soar, Leicestershire, on 1 February 2008. The accident occurred at 06:32... more >

National Express East Coast launches new-look train into service

08.02.08: Fifth rebuilt diesel train on track as makeover continues Train operator National Express East Coast has this week launched its fifth refurbished diesel 125 train into service, as part of a £45m transformation which will deliver mor... more >

Shortlist for the London transport awards announced

08.02.08: National Express Group’s ‘one’ railway has been shortlisted for two awards at the prestigious London Transport Awards for 2008. The Awards, which are held in association with Transport Times and with the support of Transpo... more >

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Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

18/01/2019Crossrail restarts dynamic testing on Elizabeth Line after series of delays

Crossrail has begun operating test trains on the Elizabeth Line, restarting a crucial part of testing after months of setbacks and delays. T... more >
Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

18/01/2019Unions launch campaign after closure notice served on 200-job Glasgow rail depot

Rail maintenance company Gemini Rail has served a closure notice on its Springburn depot and served workers with redundancy notices, sparking uni... more >
Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

18/01/2019Former Highways England manager to join Transport for the North in new director role

A former Highways England manager is set to join Transport for the North (TfN) to operate as the body’s new strategy and programme director... 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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Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

20/12/2018Rail Ombudsman interview: RTM sits down with CEO Kevin Grix

In November, the first ever Rail Ombudsman was established in a bid to give passengers a free independent service to allow passengers to claim co... more >
HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >
Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... 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. ... more > more last word articles >

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5 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

18/01/20195 reasons why you should be involved with TransCityRail

TransCityRail brings a unique opportunity to gain invaluable insight into what’s happening in the rail industry across the Midlands, exhibi... more >
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Repoint: revolutionising track switch

15/01/2019Repoint: revolutionising track switch

Sam Bemment, senior R&D engineer at Loughborough University, brings us an update on the Repoint project – a scheme which has transforme... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >
Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

15/01/2019Network Rail & Innovate UK: Ready for the future

As part of its Open for Business programme, Network Rail recently teamed up with Innovate UK to give businesses a chance to win a share of £... more >
CP6: Room for improvement

15/01/2019CP6: Room for improvement

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), assesses Network Rail’s confirmed spending plans for CP6. Th... more >