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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

23.03.17: Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive about the future of skills. Those of a particula...

RMT announces new strike to cause Grand National travel mayhem

RMT announces new strike to cause Grand National travel mayhem

22.03.17: The RMT has announced yet another strike on Merseyrail and Northern services to coincide with the Grand National on Saturday 8 April after negotiations broke down yesterday. The new industrial action sees the dispute between the union and r...

RMT and Merseyrail DOO dispute drags on as talks break down

RMT and Merseyrail DOO dispute drags on as talks break down

21.03.17: Talks between RMT and Merseyrail have broken down once again amidst claims from the union that the operator was intent on “collapsing” negotiations through their refusal to have a “serious or meaningful” negotiation. ...

Southern make RMT offer to end latest strike action

Southern make RMT offer to end latest strike action

20.03.17: Southern has offered to re-enter negotiations with the RMT to end the year-long dispute over driver-only-operated (DOO) trains on the condition that the union drop plans for further industrial action next month, it has been revealed. In a l...

Unprepared rail bodies at risk of losing out over looming apprenticeship levy changes

Unprepared rail bodies at risk of losing out over looming apprenticeship levy changes

17.03.17: Rail organisations could be hit hard by changes to the apprenticeship levy if they are unprepared for the changes that come in April, the chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), Neil Robertson, has warned. New regula...

Aslef agrees revised Southern deal, but RMT announces new strike

Aslef agrees revised Southern deal, but RMT announces new strike

16.03.17: For the second time this year, Aslef union leaders have agreed new terms to settle their dispute with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southern’s parent company – but the deal has yet to be put to wider members. In a statement, A...

Unions agree on two days of Night Tube strikes

Unions agree on two days of Night Tube strikes

16.03.17: Much like RMT, members of Aslef union have voted unanimously in favour of a Night Tube strike, with 100% agreeing with the proposed industrial action on a major 75% turnout. The news comes just a couple of days after RMT announced its own m...

iRail 2017: Hands-on approach highlights wide-ranging rail careers

iRail 2017: Hands-on approach highlights wide-ranging rail careers

15.03.17: The eighth annual iRail event took place yesterday at Derby’s Pride Park stadium, giving 12 groups of secondary school children the chance to take part in an interactive design challenge designed to inspire young people into careers in the...

Triple RMT strikes cause passenger disruption across UK rail network

Triple RMT strikes cause passenger disruption across UK rail network

13.03.17: Strikes across the nation’s railway today has caused disruption and difficulty for passengers, as RMT pressed ahead with its industrial action against rail operators. The dispute, which has now dragged on for almost a year in parts of...

HS2 starts hunt for talented apprentices

HS2 starts hunt for talented apprentices

10.03.17: The search has now begun for apprentices to work on HS2, as it was reiterated that HS2 Ltd plans to create around 2,000 places for talented young people wanting to break into the rail industry on the high-speed rail project. Successful appl...

Merseyrail injunction bid against RMT strike thrown out by High Court

Merseyrail injunction bid against RMT strike thrown out by High Court

10.03.17: Merseyrail’s bid for an injunction to block RMT’s planned strikes on Monday has been thrown out by the High Court, with the union now confirming that industrial action will still go ahead next week. In a statement, the operator...

NSAR welcomes ambitious T-level plans for vocational education

NSAR welcomes ambitious T-level plans for vocational education

09.03.17: Further investment will be put into technical education with the introduction of ‘T-Levels’ that were announced yesterday in the Spring Budget. The new programme is designed as an alternative to the further education routes into...

Are you ready for apprenticeship changes?

Are you ready for apprenticeship changes?

09.03.17: Dan Walker, head of apprenticeship delivery at National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), explains how the organisation’s apprenticeship programmes are essential for employers who are serious about skills in the changing marketplace. ...

Looming RMT strike forces Northern to run just 40% of services

Looming RMT strike forces Northern to run just 40% of services

08.03.17: Northern has announced that it will only be able to run 40% of its usual schedule when union RMT go on strike on 13 March – operating approximately 980 services across “many, but not all” of its routes in the north. The op...

Liverpool Lime Street reopens early following collapsed wall repairs

Liverpool Lime Street reopens early following collapsed wall repairs

08.03.17: Liverpool Lime Street has reopened to trains today, 24 hours ahead of schedule, after a rail side section of trackside wall collapsed on Tuesday 28 February, blocking all four tracks leading in and out of the station. Rubble on the tracks c...

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Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

27/03/2017Almost 1.5 million eTickets sold six months after introduction

Newly released figures of eTicket sales have shown that over one million have been sold since the modern system was first implemented last year. ... more >
Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

27/03/2017Southern completes Class 377 modifications for extreme winter weather

Southern’s Class 377 fleet has been given a major upgrade to make it more resilient to frost and snowy weather this winter. Engineers ... more >
First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

27/03/2017First MTR joint venture awarded South Western franchise

First MTR South Western Trains Limited (First MTR) has been awarded the new South Western franchise by the government, which will see the introdu... more >

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08/03/2017A celebration of rail achievement

Welcome to this special UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA) review issue of RTM. The fourth edition of the prestigious awards took place on 9 February at London’s Battersea Evolution and, once again, was a huge success.  With over 1,100 rail decision-makers in attendance, the black-tie event was a great place for networking and celebrating the success of the rail industry in the last 12 months. To see who won at this year’s... read more >

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Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive abo... more > more last word articles >

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Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

24/03/2017Raising wall work at Linlithgow heritage railway site completed

Work has been completed to raise the height of walls bordering the railway heritage site at Royal Terrace and Union Road in Linlithgow, as part of the Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme (EGIP). A total of £650k has been put into the project to ensure the boundary of the railway is compliant with safety standards for an electrified railway, as well as to make sure the public were safe from overhead cables – something tha... more >
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Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

23/03/2017Overcoming the challenges of e-ticketing

Justin Stenner, head of technology for Heathrow Express, considers the  benefits and drawbacks of implementing e-ticketing on rail services.... more >
Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

23/03/2017Breathing life back into the Connaught Tunnel

Linda Miller, former Crossrail project manager, Connaught Tunnel, reflects on the challenges of widening and deepening the vital Victorian tunnel... more >
The case for rail integration

23/03/2017The case for rail integration

Jeremy Long, CEO of European Business at MTR Corporation, reflects on how stronger integration of train and track could benefit major rail infras... more >
Getting fire testing standards right

23/03/2017Getting fire testing standards right

Richard Nowell, rolling stock engineer at the RSSB, discusses the ‘EN 45545-2 Fire testing of materials and components for trains’, a... more >

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Intertrain: ready for the future

23/02/2017Intertrain: ready for the future

RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion... more >