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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...

ASLEF to hold third ballot to bring Southern dispute to an end

ASLEF to hold third ballot to bring Southern dispute to an end

19.10.17: Ballots will be opened to members of ASLEF on a proposed resolution to their longstanding industrial dispute. The disagreement between the union and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), the parent company of Southern Rail, has been ongoing since...

National College for High Speed Rail opens doors in Doncaster

National College for High Speed Rail opens doors in Doncaster

10.10.17: The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Doncaster has this week been officially opened by education secretary Justine Greening. The college, located in Doncaster was opened yesterday and is the largest of five new national colle...

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

09.10.17: Network Rail has published a report showing that diverse teams perform better, particularly when it comes to gender mix. The report found that teams with an even balance of men and women perform the best, with teams that meet the 20% critical m...

Rail industry ‘already feeling effects of skills investment’ from HS2

Rail industry ‘already feeling effects of skills investment’ from HS2

04.10.17: Even though work has not yet started on HS2, the project is already driving change in the industry as the benefit from new investment in skills and innovation is being felt by organisations, a report has this week argued. The latest report...

RMT takes aim at May for ‘sabotaging’ deals with TOCs

RMT takes aim at May for ‘sabotaging’ deals with TOCs

03.10.17: The RMT has today written to the prime minister accusing the government of “sabotaging” any chance of a deal being made with TOCs in the union’s ongoing dispute. The union is currently battling with four TOCs, Merseyrail...

RMT escalates row with Greater Anglia with overtime ban

RMT escalates row with Greater Anglia with overtime ban

28.09.17: RMT has escalated its action on Greater Anglia by imposing an overtime ban for all of its members who work with the TOC. Conductors and senior conductor members have been instructed not to undertake any overtime or rest day working between...

Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

22.09.17: For the third time this year, Aslef and GTR are reportedly close to resolving their dispute on Southern services. According to a statement posted on Aslef’s website, significant progress has been made between the two parties after dis...

RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

20.09.17: October is set to be another tough month for commuters across the country as the RMT announced a tranche of strikes across four operators. Following strikes in September, RMT members will walk out for 24 hours on Tuesday 3 October and Thurs...

A network of training excellence

A network of training excellence

18.09.17: Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail organisations. Ribbons have been cut, the minister has made a stirring speech, the BBC’s...

Do you feel heard in the workplace?

Do you feel heard in the workplace?

18.09.17: Much of what we do at CIRAS is about listening to the health and safety concerns of people in safety critical roles. Often people approach CIRAS with a feeling that their organisation hasn’t been listening particularly well to their concer...

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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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

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In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age of 16 in an electromechanical engineering organisation and most recently played a key role co-leading... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >