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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...

Network Rail apprenticeship scheme open

Network Rail apprenticeship scheme open

07.11.19: Network Rail is looking for its next generation of rail leaders with a Level 3 Engineering apprenticeship scheme. The three-year course is taking applications from now and will remain open until all places have been filled ready for March 2...

Network Rail charity partner says workforce mental health is paramount

Network Rail charity partner says workforce mental health is paramount

06.11.19: The Health and Safety Executive’s annual figures for Great Britain, the Managing Director of Mates in Mind, has urged employers to ensure that they are investing in their work force following a recent report. Mates in Mind, who work i...

Railway workforce celebrated on #StationsDay today

Railway workforce celebrated on #StationsDay today

15.10.19: Today (Oct 15) is #StationDay in the UK, dedicated to celebrating British railways, its stations and the hard-working staff and volunteers who keep it running day after day. A £48bn investment was announced by Government back in 2017...

‘Quick-thinking’ ScotRail employee nominated for lifesaver award

‘Quick-thinking’ ScotRail employee nominated for lifesaver award

10.10.19: Today (October 10), on World Mental Health Day, a ScotRail employee has been nominated for a top award after his rapid response to noticing and helping a vulnerable person. Christopher Harvie, customer service team leader, has been nominate...

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

09.10.19: Virgin Trains, the first UK train operator to equip all frontline teams with body worn cameras, are rolling out 250 more across the network. Station staff and on-board teams have another layer of protection with body worn cameras issued to...

Rail college rebrand to reflect growing demand of rail sector

Rail college rebrand to reflect growing demand of rail sector

01.10.19: The National College for High Speed Rail is getting a fresh new look, after it announced today that it is rebranding to the National College for Advanced Transport & Infrastructure (NCATI). The college has been serving the rail industry...

New rail testing scheme launched for small businesses

New rail testing scheme launched for small businesses

25.09.19: Businesses in the West Midlands are being offered subsidised access to test and trial facilities as a way to boost railway innovation. The University of Birmingham has joined forces with Quinton Rail Technology Centre (QRTC) to offer access...

Get into Railway celebrates five years and £1.6m success

Get into Railway celebrates five years and £1.6m success

23.09.19: The formidable partnership between Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and The Prince’s Trust have announced today (23 September) that their Get into Railway training programme has generated £1.6m since it was set up in 2014. GTR, th...

Network Rail confirms route director appointments

Network Rail confirms route director appointments

16.09.19: Today (Monday 16 September) will see Network Rail’s 14 new routes go live. Meanwhile, the company directors each have confirmed a number of senior management appointments to their teams. This comes after the announcement of a &lsqu...

Investing in the country’s future workforce

Investing in the country’s future workforce

05.09.19: Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail, talks about addressing the skills gap and investing in new talent across the transport sector. With the UK rail and engineering industries facing a critical skills...

LATC chair calls for better BAME representation in rail industry

LATC chair calls for better BAME representation in rail industry

12.07.19: Florence Eshalomi AM, Chair of the London Assembly Transport Committee, has called for the rail industry to better represent the people it serves. She made the call at the Railway Industry Association (RIA) and Young Rail Professionals Trai...

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FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

18/11/2019FTA asks government to guarantee the future of HS2 for freight

The recent HS2 review uncertainty has prompted Freight Transport Association (FTA) to request confirmation from government on the future of HS2. ... more >
Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

18/11/2019Merseyrail announces smoking will be banned at all stations

From the 1st of December passengers will not be allowed to smoke in any public areas of Merseyrail stations or platforms with the exception of ca... more >
Greater Anglia provides tailored journey updates for passengers

18/11/2019Greater Anglia provides tailored journey updates for passengers

Passengers travelling with Greater Anglia can be more in the know than ever with live train updates on their app. The National Rail Enquirie... 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 >

rail industry focus

  • 15/11/2019A workforce which reflects society

    Loraine Martins MBE, Director of Diversity and Inclusion at Network Rail, joins us in the studio for the third episode of our RTM podcast, talking at...
  • 02/11/2019Monica Barbosa: Women In Rail

    Director of business development and communications at Xrail, Monica Barbosa, thinks women are missing out on exciting opportunities because the...
  • 01/11/2019The dangers of fatigues

    Working long hours, poor health, too little sleep, a demanding job and more can all make us tired and affect our mental and physical performance...
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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 >