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TfL to introduce gender equality measures after 20% pay gap revealed

TfL to introduce gender equality measures after 20% pay gap revealed

20.03.18: Transport for London (TfL) will introduce new measures to “remove barriers” to women in top roles, after figures released this week showed that men were paid a staggering 20% more on average. The transport body suffers from one...

More than four in five women have never considered work in the rail industry

More than four in five women have never considered work in the rail industry

09.03.18: Women’s perception of the rail industry mean that they could miss out on a jobs boost that will see over 100,000 job opportunities created across Britain’s railway by 2027, the Rail Delivery Group has warned. In October ambitious pl...

Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

22.02.18: Over 700 jobs have been safeguarded as Carillion’s Network Rail contracts have been acquired by Amey Rail Ltd. The transfers come after Carillion went into liquidation last month, and will provide reassurance to many in the industry, as w...

RSSB: Industry should adopt collaborative ‘just culture’ for managing staff

RSSB: Industry should adopt collaborative ‘just culture’ for managing staff

07.02.18: Rail companies should stop blaming staff for incidents and instead focus on understanding how they perform at work, new guidance has advised. Published today by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the new guidance argues that instead of...

NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06.02.18: The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed to further strengthen the next generation of engineers. RTM’s Luana Salles reports. The fa...

Network Rail confirms pay-out to 300 suppliers over Carillion collapse

Network Rail confirms pay-out to 300 suppliers over Carillion collapse

26.01.18: Network Rail has today confirmed that it will be paying out arrears on around 300 of the rail contracts Carillion was involved in before going into liquidation. The infrastructure manager says its agreement to pay many “small rail sup...

RMT prepares to ballot members over Tyne and Wear Metro strikes

RMT prepares to ballot members over Tyne and Wear Metro strikes

25.01.18: The RMT is considering strike action on yet another network – the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle. Following the union striking on Docklands Light Railway on New Year’s Eve and carrying out a string of strikes across five heavy...

Northern faces three days of strikes and shrunken timetable as talks break down

Northern faces three days of strikes and shrunken timetable as talks break down

05.01.18: The RMT union will launch three days of strike action on Northern Rail services next week, as talks over train guards have broken down once again. Strike action is set for 8, 10 and 12 January, and the operator has released a much-reduced t...

DfT has the widest gender pay gap of any government department

DfT has the widest gender pay gap of any government department

20.12.17: Women at the DfT are paid 16.9% less on average than men, the biggest difference of any department within government. The gap, revealed by new figures published this week, is significantly above the average for Whitehall departments which h...

NSAR rolls out pilot to close digital rail skills gap

NSAR rolls out pilot to close digital rail skills gap

18.12.17: The National Skills Academy Rail (NSAR) has been awarded a grant to encourage young unemployed adults into careers with digital rail. The grant, awarded by UFI Charitable Trust, will fund a pilot of “Trax,” a digital programme h...

Yorkshire authority supports union opposition to DOO trains

Yorkshire authority supports union opposition to DOO trains

11.12.17: The RMT has today welcomed support in their opposition to driver only operated (DOO) trains on Northern Rail services. The union has received support from West Yorkshire Combined Authority,  which covers Leeds, Bradford, York, Calderdale...

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...

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Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

20/08/2018Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

The government is inviting companies to take part in a new 5G project on the TransPennine Railway line between Leeds and Manchester. The Tra... more >
First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

20/08/2018First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

ScotRail’s first upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland as part of the revamped High Speed Trains (HST) that will connect Scotlan... more >
Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

20/08/2018Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

Train operator Greater Western Railway (GWR) launched its new Hitachi Class 802 range on Friday, holding a media run from Penzance to Exeter to c... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, parents should hire a careers adviser. Very funny at the time, but six years on, she could say the same.... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >