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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...

GTR to retract £2,000 offer if RMT doesn’t call off strike

GTR to retract £2,000 offer if RMT doesn’t call off strike

31.10.16: An offer to try to resolve the industrial dispute between Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and the RMT is due to be withdrawn if the union goes ahead with a strike on Friday. Andy Bindon, human resources director at GTR, said that the offer...

RMT to ballot Southern drivers and LU station staff

RMT to ballot Southern drivers and LU station staff

26.10.16: The industrial dispute on the troubled Southern franchise looks set to get worse as RMT confirmed it is balloting drivers on the line, as well as announcing a separate ballot of staff on the London Underground. The Southern ballot, which ru...

Reassurances sought over Derby jobs as Bombardier to axe 7,500 globally

Reassurances sought over Derby jobs as Bombardier to axe 7,500 globally

24.10.16: Rail union RMT has sought reassurances from Bombardier after the company announced it plans to cut 7,500 jobs globally. As a result of the cuts, the firm expects to achieve recurring savings of approximately $300mby the end of 2018. It...

Aslef to ballot drivers over Southern strike

Aslef to ballot drivers over Southern strike

19.10.16: Problems on the Southern franchise look set to get worse as Aslef announced it is to ballot its drivers over potential strike action. Aslef, like fellow union RMT, is opposed to Southern’s parent company Govia Thameslink Railway&rsquo...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

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 th... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new Azuma train from up clos... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic potential, a new report ... 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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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

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 ... more >
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 >

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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 >