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Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

Network Rail 'taking action' on SMEs

13.01.20: Source RTM: Dec 2019 /Jan 2020   Commercial director Ken Blackley explains how Network Rail’s new action plan for working with small and medium sized enterprises will mean better engagement, listening and solutions. ...

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

£640m contract awards announced by Network Rail

09.01.20: Network Rail has announced the awarding of contracts for 82 frameworks to deliver design services across the country, worth an estimated £400m for Control Period 6 (2019-2024) and up to £640m with the option to further the framework...

2020 plan for north-east rail network

2020 plan for north-east rail network

06.01.20: Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has today committed (6 January) to reviving rail connection across the north-east, outlining how new investment will boost the rail network as the government looks to level up infrastructure across the country. ...

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

Northern Rail to be stripped of franchise

02.01.20: Transport secretary Grant Shapps has said Northern Rail is to be stripped of its franchise following its “unacceptable” performance. This comes off the back of a year of chaos and cancellations across the network, which runs New...

RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09.12.19: As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has set out a 6-point strategy to a settlement. The plan which was meant to be put forward at rene...

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

02.12.19: A new comic book has been produced by Network Rail, based on the safety film ‘18’ with the help of pupils from Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby. The pupils were visited by Network Rail last summer and took part in safety wor...

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

Nexus appoints new Chief Operating Officer

25.11.19: Martin Kearney has been appointed as the new chief operating officer for Nexus, the public body which owns the Tyne and Wear Metro, and wider public transport across the North East. Kearney has over 30 years of public transport experience a...

Virgin Trains helping homeless people into work through coffee partnership

Virgin Trains helping homeless people into work through coffee partnership

22.11.19: Virgin Trains and Change Please has helped 30 homeless people become employed baristas. The train operator joined forces with Change Please back in October 2018 to offer a premium coffee range onboard, with Change Please’s profits fro...

Greater Anglia brings in extra support for busy periods

Greater Anglia brings in extra support for busy periods

21.11.19: Office staff at Greater Anglia are being trained to help customers when stations are busy due to big events or disruption. Customer Action Teams, or CATS, are the support team that have been formulated. When needed team members make their w...

Cardiffians asked for their view on new £120m Cardiff Parkway station

Cardiffians asked for their view on new £120m Cardiff Parkway station

20.11.19: Following the release of new artist’s impressions a public consultation has been launched on the plans for a new mainline railway station and buisness park at St Mellons.  The huge project, which could be home to 5,000 staff, tak...

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

Hull Trains appoints new director ahead of £60m fleet arrival

19.11.19: Hull Trains has made a new appointment, as Anne Somers joins the team as commercial and customer experience director. The appointment comes as a way of strengthening its customer experience, with her roles focussing on listening and respond...

Greater Anglia frontline staff become the first to receive accessibility awareness training

Greater Anglia frontline staff become the first to receive accessibility awareness training

13.11.19: Greater Anglia has become the first operator in the country to implement accessibility courses that meet the rail regulator’s new standards in light of new rules that come in in 2021 requiring all train operators to undertake such training...

Rail Industry Ambassadors set to help shape the future of rail

Rail Industry Ambassadors set to help shape the future of rail

11.11.19: Young Rail Professionals have announced in support of their mission to promote the rail industry as a great place to work, they’re recruiting Rail Industry Ambassadors to visit schools, colleges and universities and career fairs. In h...

Great Western Railway makes Jack’s railway dreams come true

Great Western Railway makes Jack’s railway dreams come true

08.11.19: Jack Thompson wished to be a ‘Station Master’ for the day and train operator Great Western Railway (GWR) made it a reality. GWR were approached by children’s charity Make-A-Wish UK, who told them about 12-year-old Jack who...

Railway Industry Association finds that more than half expect the rail industry to stagnate

Railway Industry Association finds that more than half expect the rail industry to stagnate

07.11.19: A survey conducted by independent polling company ComRes, on behalf of RIA, the national trade body for rail suppliers, has highlighted concerns about the coming year, as the rail sector faces continued uncertainty. The poll of 174 business...

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Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

16/01/2020Vivarail’s Class 230 achieves UK first with 40-mile battery-powered trip

Vivarail achieved a UK first yesterday (Jan 15) as their Class 230 train travelled 40 miles on battery power alone. It comes during a time o... more >
South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

16/01/2020South Western Railway welcomes their newly refurbished trains

South Western Railway customers will now be able to see the new ‘Class 442’ refurbished trains across passenger services. These ... more >
£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

16/01/2020£1.7m investment from Network Rail to protect famous viaduct

The viaduct which was been featured in the Harry Potter series, is the latest Network Rail project. Work has begun the protect the railway from p... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achieving those visions. With a much greater, interconnected network of data available to the engineers and... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >