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A radical solution to the employment crisis

A radical solution to the employment crisis

24.07.18: 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...

iRail: investing in the future

iRail: investing in the future

17.07.18: The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their part in engaging young people and investing the future workforce of our railways. RTM’s Daniel...

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

Creating a single independent role for timetable sign-offs would not be achievable, says Gibb

13.07.18: Appointing someone responsible for ultimately signing off timetable changes across the network – and for being vocal when planned reforms are too heroic and should be reconsidered or delayed – would not be achievable, Chris Gibb has...

Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22.06.18: 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 the well-known Pendolino trains. Alstom maintains the famous trains at five sites around the UK...

Why the rail industry needs more women

Why the rail industry needs more women

22.06.18: 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 20-person course and advocates greater gender diversity for the benefit of the whole industry. ...

Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19.06.18: Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-running debate over the roles of guards on trains. The RMT are staging a 24-hours stoppage today (19...

Northern passengers face strike action on top of current chaos

Northern passengers face strike action on top of current chaos

06.06.18: RMT has confirmed three days of strike action on Northern Rail, amidst the ongoing chaos that resulted from the recent timetable changes. The action is part of the ongoing dispute between the union and the train operator over plans to remove gu...

Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05.06.18: Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of all sizes are taking full advantage of the apprenticeship levy. The need to have highly-skilled i...

Nexus launches hunt for apprentices

Nexus launches hunt for apprentices

30.05.18: In the latest round of apprenticeship take-up in the rail sector, Nexus is recruiting 10 new apprentices across Tyne and Wear. The public body delivers public transport across the region, including the Metro, and is rec...

Rail: A woman’s world

Rail: A woman’s world

18.05.18: RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issue of gender diversity in rail. Last month, on International Women’s Day, the iconic St Pa...

Line manager training could reduce mental health absences

Line manager training could reduce mental health absences

14.05.18: Poor line management training and support could be causing poorer mental health amongst rail staff, according to the Rail Safety and Stands Board (RSSB), as Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off. The Centre for Mental Health estimates that a t...

More reduced services for passengers in RMT walkout as guard debate rolls on

More reduced services for passengers in RMT walkout as guard debate rolls on

09.05.18: RMT members of two major rail operators have walked out today in planned strikes as a result of the polarising debate of a guard’s role on trains. Members will walk out of Greater Anglia and Northern Rail services for 24 hours. Arriva...

Reaching your full potential

Reaching your full potential

09.05.18: Bill Kelly, acting route managing director for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, discusses the successes of the country’s well-established apprenticeship scheme. Apprentices are the future of Network Rail, which is why we invest so m...

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...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17/10/2018HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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 >