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RMT to run 24-hour Merseyrail strike on Mad Friday

RMT to run 24-hour Merseyrail strike on Mad Friday

08.12.17: The RMT union has confirmed plans to hold 24 hours’ worth of strike action across Merseyrail services on 22 December, the Friday before Christmas. The announcement is the next in a long-running dispute between the union and several op...

Union threatens six days of strike on Virgin West Coast services

Union threatens six days of strike on Virgin West Coast services

29.11.17: Following a vote earlier this month, members of the RMT union working on Virgin West Coast services have announced six days of strike action in December and January. The dispute revolves around disparities between support staff and drivers...

Union to seek Liverpool metro mayor meeting

Union to seek Liverpool metro mayor meeting

24.11.17: The RMT has announced that it is seeking a meeting with Steve Rotherham, the mayor of Liverpool Combined Authority to urge him to intervene in its dispute with Merseyrail. Ongoing disputes between union members and the operator over pay and...

RSSB annual report: Membership increases despite DOO dispute

RSSB annual report: Membership increases despite DOO dispute

24.11.17: The Rail Safety and Standards Board has released its annual report, showing an increase in membership and greater usage of its developed tools. Over the past year, six organisations have become members of the RSSB, taking the total from 69...

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17.11.17: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce through the innovative use of new technology. Reducing the safety risks our workforces are expos...

RMT Virgin West Coast support staff vote to strike over ‘workplace justice’

RMT Virgin West Coast support staff vote to strike over ‘workplace justice’

16.11.17: RMT members of Virgin West Coast services have today voted massively in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay. Out of 1,460 staff polled, 1,330 said they were prepared to take strike action over a disparity in pay between drivers an...

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

16.11.17: The DfT has pledged to work alongside industry partners and MPs to offer young people “a million direct and inspiring experiences of engineering” in an effort to tackle the skills gap. Coming as part of the 2018 Year of Engineering...

ASLEF and Virgin to create ‘next generation of drivers’ with new apprentice scheme

ASLEF and Virgin to create ‘next generation of drivers’ with new apprentice scheme

15.11.17: ASLEF and Virgin Trains have started what they claim is the industry’s first-ever driver apprenticeship scheme launched by a train operator, which will take place over a year-long period. Initially the training programme attracted ove...

NR tackles skills shortage during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

NR tackles skills shortage during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

13.11.17: Last week saw Network Rail graduates and students demonstrate their enthusiasm for STEM subjects in school. As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (6 to 10 November), the volunteers visited schools to encourage children to consider car...

Testing tomorrow's technology today

Testing tomorrow's technology today

09.11.17: David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major testing benefits the company’s new training academy will bring to the rail industry. In...

Commuter misery as 48-hour RMT strike begins

Commuter misery as 48-hour RMT strike begins

08.11.17: Travellers across the country are enduring a day of misery today as five franchises strike. As part of an ongoing dispute about what the RMT calls an “attack on Britain’s train guards” and the extension of driver only operatio...

ASLEF members agree on deal to end long running Southern dispute

ASLEF members agree on deal to end long running Southern dispute

08.11.17: GTR and ASLEF have finally agreed a deal to end the long-term industrial dispute over Southern Railway. A deal was put to the union’s members last month and today the agreement was accepted by 80% of drivers. The pair have been a...

Skills gap costing industry £1bn a year, NSAR claim

Skills gap costing industry £1bn a year, NSAR claim

03.11.17: The rail industry must do more to more to attract more diverse young talent into the industry, a senior figure from Network Rail warned yesterday. It was also revealed that the skills gap that is being created by a lack of diversity is placing...

RDG launches ‘single plan’ for railway with unions, operators and businesses

RDG launches ‘single plan’ for railway with unions, operators and businesses

30.10.17: Almost £85bn of additional economic benefits are hoped to be secured by a landmark collaboration between unions, TOCs and freight operators, the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) has today stated. The figure is on top of the £31bn of econo...

Alstom to close historic Preston rail site

Alstom to close historic Preston rail site

26.10.17: Alstom is to close a historic site in Preston, and move a number of jobs to a new facility in Widnes.  The Strand Road site, which has been a centre of rail production for 120 years, will close following the opening of its new Widnes s...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecting the North through TRU, HS2, NPR and the supply chain opportunities available, ahead of this Octob... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >