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Strike to go ahead on Northern as RMT talks break down

Strike to go ahead on Northern as RMT talks break down

26.04.17: Discussions between Arriva Rail North and the RMT union have broken down once again, confirming that strike action will go ahead on Friday this week. The TOC expects to run around 40% of its normal service during the 24-hour industrial action. ...

Merseyrail prepares for more strike action as RMT talks fail again

Merseyrail prepares for more strike action as RMT talks fail again

25.04.17: Yet more strike action is expected to be announced on Merseyrail services as talks between the operator and the RMT union broke down yet again. The dispute over driver-only operated trains caused drivers and guards to walk out earlier in th...

Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

24.04.17: Northern has announced its reduced timetable in preparation for industrial action that is set to go ahead this Friday, saying that 55 of its routes will be operating as normal or with a replacement bus service. The operator is expected to r...

RMT announces second Northern strike for April

RMT announces second Northern strike for April

19.04.17: RMT will once again strike against Arriva Rail North on 28 April after talks between the union and the operator broke down. Little progress was made when the two parties met last week, the RMT claims, as Arriva “dug its heels in&rdquo...

GTR boss earns almost £500,000 in 2016 despite terrible year for Southern

GTR boss earns almost £500,000 in 2016 despite terrible year for Southern

10.04.17: Southern rail boss and CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Charles Horton was paid almost half a million pounds in 2016, despite over a year’s worth of commuter chaos caused by the ongoing industrial dispute with the unions over DOO and...

RMT Southern strike will go ahead on Saturday as talks break down again

RMT Southern strike will go ahead on Saturday as talks break down again

06.04.17: Talks between Southern and RMT broke down yet again yesterday, confirming the news that the union will walk out on Saturday. The strike marks the 31st time that RMT has walked out since the dispute over driver-only operated (DOO) trains sta...

Northern braces for nightmare Grand National with less than a third of trains running

Northern braces for nightmare Grand National with less than a third of trains running

04.04.17: Northern has today released its reduced timetable for Grand National day this Saturday when RMT drivers and guards go on strike – revealing that only 32% of its normal service will be in operation. The news comes on the same day as RM...

Aslef rejects new Southern deal by margin of 26 votes

Aslef rejects new Southern deal by margin of 26 votes

03.04.17: Drivers’ union Aslef has today voted to reject another proposed deal to bring its dispute over driver-only-operated (DOO) trains with Southern Rail to an end. In the ballot cast today, guards and drivers who were members of the union...

Merseyrail reveals reduced Grand National timetable to cope with RMT strike

Merseyrail reveals reduced Grand National timetable to cope with RMT strike

29.03.17: Merseyrail has today released its modified timetable for RMT’s strike on Grand National Day on Saturday 8 April, saying that there will be very few trains running on the network besides services going to and from the racecourse at Aintree....

RMT writes to Liverpool mayor in attempt to end Merseyrail dispute

RMT writes to Liverpool mayor in attempt to end Merseyrail dispute

28.03.17: The RMT union has today penned a letter to the mayor of Liverpool asking to arrange an urgent meeting in a desperate attempt to get him to intervene and resolve its dispute with Merseyrail. The disagreement has been ongoing since the start...

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

23.03.17: Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive about the future of skills. Those of a particula...

RMT announces new strike to cause Grand National travel mayhem

RMT announces new strike to cause Grand National travel mayhem

22.03.17: The RMT has announced yet another strike on Merseyrail and Northern services to coincide with the Grand National on Saturday 8 April after negotiations broke down yesterday. The new industrial action sees the dispute between the union and r...

RMT and Merseyrail DOO dispute drags on as talks break down

RMT and Merseyrail DOO dispute drags on as talks break down

21.03.17: Talks between RMT and Merseyrail have broken down once again amidst claims from the union that the operator was intent on “collapsing” negotiations through their refusal to have a “serious or meaningful” negotiation. ...

Southern make RMT offer to end latest strike action

Southern make RMT offer to end latest strike action

20.03.17: Southern has offered to re-enter negotiations with the RMT to end the year-long dispute over driver-only-operated (DOO) trains on the condition that the union drop plans for further industrial action next month, it has been revealed. In a l...

Unprepared rail bodies at risk of losing out over looming apprenticeship levy changes

Unprepared rail bodies at risk of losing out over looming apprenticeship levy changes

17.03.17: Rail organisations could be hit hard by changes to the apprenticeship levy if they are unprepared for the changes that come in April, the chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), Neil Robertson, has warned. New regula...

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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

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

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