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A one-industry call for skills development

A one-industry call for skills development

20.01.17: At the launch of the new Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan in December, key industry figures got together to outline how the major strategy will seek to address rail’s workforce gaps through clear, tangible and deliverable pledges. Luana Sa...

RMT agrees revised pay deal with Northern

RMT agrees revised pay deal with Northern

18.01.17: The RMT has agreed a revised deal with Northern over worker pay, leading the union to halt its current vote for industrial action against the franchise. The rail union started balloting its members two weeks ago on whether they wished to ta...

Aslef offers to suspend Southern strikes for talks

Aslef offers to suspend Southern strikes for talks

17.01.17: The railway drivers’ union Aslef has offered to suspend its industrial action on Southern rail next week if the operator agrees to new talks hosted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Drivers were due to strike next week on 24, 25 and...

‘Saga of strike misery’ to continue as RMT plans 23 January action on Southern

‘Saga of strike misery’ to continue as RMT plans 23 January action on Southern

12.01.17: The RMT has announced that guards on Southern will hold another 24-hour strike on 23 January as the union’s dispute with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) presses on. The action marks the latest development in the long-running row over S...

RMT extends DOO dispute to Northern and Merseyrail

RMT extends DOO dispute to Northern and Merseyrail

12.01.17: The RMT has widened its dispute with Northern Rail as it has given the franchise’s operator Arriva Rail North two weeks to clarify whether trains will retain their guards or risk dispute. The union is already balloting its members for...

GTR takes to the Supreme Court to block further Aslef strikes on Southern

GTR takes to the Supreme Court to block further Aslef strikes on Southern

12.01.17: After launching a failed legal challenge at the High Court in December and subsequently losing its appeal case at the Court of Appeal, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is now taking its legal action against drivers’ union Aslef to the Suprem...

Southern grinds to a halt as another strike begins

Southern grinds to a halt as another strike begins

10.01.17: Southern has cancelled all trains again as another three days of drivers’ strikes by Aslef began. In revised action, the union will strike today, tomorrow and Friday, after initially announcing non-stop strikes from 9 to 14 January, i...

Businesses meet with Grayling to discuss end to south-east rail disruption

Businesses meet with Grayling to discuss end to south-east rail disruption

09.01.17: Members of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have met with the transport secretary Chris Grayling and rail minister Paul Maynard today to discuss the ongoing rail disruption in the south-east, urging all parties involved to reach a “d...

GTR agrees to fresh talks with RMT over Southern dispute

GTR agrees to fresh talks with RMT over Southern dispute

09.01.17: Representatives of Southern and the RMT union have agreed to hold further talks in order to resolve the current strikes crippling the network. Charles Horton, chief executive of Southern’s operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), and...

Unions agree to meet with Grayling to discuss Southern dispute

Unions agree to meet with Grayling to discuss Southern dispute

05.01.17: A glimmer of hope has appeared in the industrial dispute on Southern Rail after unions accepted transport secretary Chris Grayling’s invitation for a direct meeting. RMT has held a series of strikes on Southern to try to stop the intr...

RMT to ballot members on Northern Rail strike action

RMT to ballot members on Northern Rail strike action

04.01.17: The RMT union has announced today that it will be balloting its members working on Northern Rail whether they wish to take strike action over an “unacceptable” pay offer from Arriva Rail North. Arriva was awarded the Northern fr...

Aslef cuts next week’s Southern strike, but warns it is ‘taking a longer-term view’

Aslef cuts next week’s Southern strike, but warns it is ‘taking a longer-term view’

04.01.17: The latest strike on Southern Railway, due to start next week, has been scaled down from six days to three. Aslef announced today that the drivers’ strike, originally meant to run from 9 to 14 January, would now only take place on 10...

Southern further imposes DOO as next Aslef strike looms

Southern further imposes DOO as next Aslef strike looms

03.01.17: Southern rail has today imposed its controversial policy of driver only operation (DOO), the policy which lies at the heart of the operator’s nine-month dispute with the RMT and Aslef. Drivers now close 70% of the operator’s tra...

Court of Appeal defends Aslef’s ‘fundamental’ right to strike

Court of Appeal defends Aslef’s ‘fundamental’ right to strike

22.12.16: The Court of Appeal has now published its reasons for refusing Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR’s) appeal against the High Court’s decision not to grant an injunction against Aslef’s right to take strike action over the is...

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...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements for the East Coast Partnership will more successfully overcome the systemic difficulties presented b... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >