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Crossrail documents reveal ‘lack of welfare’ for workers on site

Crossrail documents reveal ‘lack of welfare’ for workers on site

19.12.16: Workers helping to build certain sections of Crossrail’s extensive tunnels have faced volatile, cramped conditions and physical and mental exhaustion, internal documents released by the construction union Ucatt have revealed. An email...

Southern in line for more strikes as talks break down

Southern in line for more strikes as talks break down

15.12.16: Southern passengers have been warned to expect another day of cancelled services as talks between parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Aslef failed to avert a strike. GTR resumed talks with the union yesterday after a 48-hour A...

Southern, Aslef and RMT holding Acas talks over strikes

Southern, Aslef and RMT holding Acas talks over strikes

14.12.16: GTR has agreed to hold formal talks with unions at conciliation service Acas in a bid to resolve the dispute on Southern Rail that has left commuter services at a standstill. Aslef announced the move on the first day of a 48-hour strike by...

Biggest disruption in 20 years as latest Southern strike kicks off

Biggest disruption in 20 years as latest Southern strike kicks off

13.12.16: Aslef’s involvement in the Southern rail strikes has brought the franchise’s services to a complete halt, making it the most disruptive strike on the British railway in more than 20 years. All of Southern’s 2,242 weekday s...

Khan calls for end to Southern strikes as GTR launches court appeal

Khan calls for end to Southern strikes as GTR launches court appeal

12.12.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for unions to call off strike action on the troubled Southern network. Elsewhere, operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) confirmed that it will appeal against a legal ruling to try to stop the strike. ...

Rail industry leaders launch joined-up plan to tackle rail skills shortage

Rail industry leaders launch joined-up plan to tackle rail skills shortage

09.12.16: Rail industry leaders have announced the launch of the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan, which aims to tackle the rail industry’s growing challenge in finding and training new recruits. The plan, developed in response to the governmen...

High Court allows Aslef Southern strikes to go ahead

High Court allows Aslef Southern strikes to go ahead

08.12.16: The High Court has ruled that Aslef train drivers’ strikes on Southern Rail can go ahead from next week, after Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR’s) legal challenge failed. GTR, the operator of the Southern franchise, had sou...

GTR launches legal action to stop Aslef Southern strikes

GTR launches legal action to stop Aslef Southern strikes

02.12.16: GTR has launched legal action in an attempt to stop industrial action by the drivers of Southern trains. Aslef, the driver’s union, announced earlier this week three days of strikes later this month as well as a week-long walkout in the Ne...

RMT accused of ‘co-ordinating’ with Aslef as Southern strike dates change

RMT accused of ‘co-ordinating’ with Aslef as Southern strike dates change

01.12.16: RMT has changed the dates of strikes planned on Southern Rail in the run-up to Christmas, leading the operator to accuse it of co-ordinating industrial action with Aslef. The union announced that it is moving the strike planned for 22-24 De...

Southern train drivers vote to strike over DOO trains

Southern train drivers vote to strike over DOO trains

28.11.16: The train drivers’ union Aslef has announced that Southern train drivers have voted overwhelmingly to go on strike in a move likely to cause disruption to passengers over the Christmas period. Members of Aslef working for Southern vot...

Southern to run up to two-thirds of services as RMT strike starts

Southern to run up to two-thirds of services as RMT strike starts

22.11.16: The latest 48-hour strike on Southern has started, with the company promising to put more trains on the tracks in order to keep almost two-thirds of services running. The strike action, which began at midnight and will run until Wednesday...

RMT urges ORR to back DOO roll-out halt across Southern

RMT urges ORR to back DOO roll-out halt across Southern

16.11.16: Rail union RMT has written to the ORR asking it to back its calls for Southern Rail to end its planned programme of introducing driver-only operated (DOO) services. Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is planning...

Southern to face legal action by RMT over decision to withhold holiday pay

Southern to face legal action by RMT over decision to withhold holiday pay

10.11.16: Southern is likely to face legal action over its decision to withhold holiday pay from workers involved in its dispute with RMT over its proposals to expand driver-only operated (DOO) services. RMT has told the company that it has received...

Putting gender diversity to the test

Putting gender diversity to the test

07.11.16: RTM’s Luana Salles reports from this year’s Big Rail Diversity Challenge, which gathered 30 gender-balanced teams from different rail companies to participate in a series of challenges that proved men and women can, and should, work...

RMT accused of ‘cancelling Christmas’ with new December strikes on Southern

RMT accused of ‘cancelling Christmas’ with new December strikes on Southern

03.11.16: A new set of strikes by the RMT are due to hit Southern passengers over Christmas Eve and New Year’s Day, it was announced today. The two 48-hr strikes will take place from midnight on 22 December to 23.59 on 24 December, and from the...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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 >