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Rail recruitment, then and now

Rail recruitment, then and now

24.07.18: The rail industry has changed massively over the last 30 years. With that, the way the sector has recruited its thousands of workers has also evolved. RTM’s Daniel Broadley sat down with Carl Stanyard, area driver manager at West Midlands...

A radical solution to the employment crisis

A radical solution to the employment crisis

24.07.18: Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian...

iRail: investing in the future

iRail: investing in the future

17.07.18: The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their part in engaging young people and investing the future workforce of our railways. RTM’s Daniel...

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

13.07.18: Appointing someone responsible for ultimately signing off timetable changes across the network – and for being vocal when planned reforms are too heroic and should be reconsidered or delayed – would not be achievable, Chris Gibb has...

Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22.06.18: As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs in its maintenance of the well-known Pendolino trains. Alstom maintains the famous trains at five sites around the UK...

Why the rail industry needs more women

Why the rail industry needs more women

22.06.18: Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her 20-person course and advocates greater gender diversity for the benefit of the whole industry. ...

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...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, parents should hire a careers adviser. Very funny at the time, but six years on, she could say the same.... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >