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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19.06.18: Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-running debate over the roles of guards on trains. The RMT are staging a 24-hours stoppage today (19...

Northern passengers face strike action on top of current chaos

Northern passengers face strike action on top of current chaos

06.06.18: RMT has confirmed three days of strike action on Northern Rail, amidst the ongoing chaos that resulted from the recent timetable changes. The action is part of the ongoing dispute between the union and the train operator over plans to remove gu...

Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05.06.18: Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of all sizes are taking full advantage of the apprenticeship levy. The need to have highly-skilled i...

Nexus launches hunt for apprentices

Nexus launches hunt for apprentices

30.05.18: In the latest round of apprenticeship take-up in the rail sector, Nexus is recruiting 10 new apprentices across Tyne and Wear. The public body delivers public transport across the region, including the Metro, and is rec...

Rail: A woman’s world

Rail: A woman’s world

18.05.18: RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issue of gender diversity in rail. Last month, on International Women’s Day, the iconic St Pa...

Line manager training could reduce mental health absences

Line manager training could reduce mental health absences

14.05.18: Poor line management training and support could be causing poorer mental health amongst rail staff, according to the Rail Safety and Stands Board (RSSB), as Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off. The Centre for Mental Health estimates that a t...

More reduced services for passengers in RMT walkout as guard debate rolls on

More reduced services for passengers in RMT walkout as guard debate rolls on

09.05.18: RMT members of two major rail operators have walked out today in planned strikes as a result of the polarising debate of a guard’s role on trains. Members will walk out of Greater Anglia and Northern Rail services for 24 hours. Arriva...

Reaching your full potential

Reaching your full potential

09.05.18: Bill Kelly, acting route managing director for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, discusses the successes of the country’s well-established apprenticeship scheme. Apprentices are the future of Network Rail, which is why we invest so m...

TfL to introduce gender equality measures after 20% pay gap revealed

TfL to introduce gender equality measures after 20% pay gap revealed

20.03.18: Transport for London (TfL) will introduce new measures to “remove barriers” to women in top roles, after figures released this week showed that men were paid a staggering 20% more on average. The transport body suffers from one...

More than four in five women have never considered work in the rail industry

More than four in five women have never considered work in the rail industry

09.03.18: Women’s perception of the rail industry mean that they could miss out on a jobs boost that will see over 100,000 job opportunities created across Britain’s railway by 2027, the Rail Delivery Group has warned. In October ambitious pl...

Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

22.02.18: Over 700 jobs have been safeguarded as Carillion’s Network Rail contracts have been acquired by Amey Rail Ltd. The transfers come after Carillion went into liquidation last month, and will provide reassurance to many in the industry, as w...

RSSB: Industry should adopt collaborative ‘just culture’ for managing staff

RSSB: Industry should adopt collaborative ‘just culture’ for managing staff

07.02.18: Rail companies should stop blaming staff for incidents and instead focus on understanding how they perform at work, new guidance has advised. Published today by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the new guidance argues that instead of...

NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06.02.18: The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed to further strengthen the next generation of engineers. RTM’s Luana Salles reports. The fa...

Network Rail confirms pay-out to 300 suppliers over Carillion collapse

Network Rail confirms pay-out to 300 suppliers over Carillion collapse

26.01.18: Network Rail has today confirmed that it will be paying out arrears on around 300 of the rail contracts Carillion was involved in before going into liquidation. The infrastructure manager says its agreement to pay many “small rail sup...

RMT prepares to ballot members over Tyne and Wear Metro strikes

RMT prepares to ballot members over Tyne and Wear Metro strikes

25.01.18: The RMT is considering strike action on yet another network – the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle. Following the union striking on Docklands Light Railway on New Year’s Eve and carrying out a string of strikes across five heavy...

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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained. There is no denying that the drive to digitise the UK’s railways is well under way. This... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >