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Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response

Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response

24.10.18: The closure of 51 London Overground ticket offices has been put on hold by London TravelWatch after a campaign by the RMT union. The watchdog was forced to temporarily suspended the plans after they received over 7,500 objections from passe...

Inclusive rail training guide to help remove barriers around learning

Inclusive rail training guide to help remove barriers around learning

10.10.18: Network Rail have released a new guide to inclusivity in rail in a bid to establish best practice, standards, and guidelines to inclusive training. The ‘everyone matters guide to inclusive learning’ handbook looks at establishin...

Talgo announces shortlist for first UK base and 1,000 new jobs

Talgo announces shortlist for first UK base and 1,000 new jobs

09.10.18: Talgo has announced that a Welsh port is in the running to be the Spanish train manufacturer’s first UK base, potentially creating up to 1,000 jobs. Mostyn Port in Flintshire has been shortlisted, as reported by the BBC, alongside thr...

Role models need to promote rail careers ‘in an incredibly different way’

Role models need to promote rail careers ‘in an incredibly different way’

09.10.18: Everyone in the rail industry needs to be doing more to attract and inspire the next generation of professionals – and they all have to do it in an “incredibly different way.” Those are the views of the leaders who took pa...

ORR appoints interim chief executive to replace Whitehall-bound boss

ORR appoints interim chief executive to replace Whitehall-bound boss

03.10.18: The rail regulator has announced its interim chief executive to replace Joanna Whittington as she moves into a government role. The ORR has appointed John Larkinson, current director of Railway Markets and Economics, as interim chief execut...

Former Network Rail boss appointed as MD and chairman of Bombardier UK

Former Network Rail boss appointed as MD and chairman of Bombardier UK

27.09.18: Former Network Rail boss Phil Hufton has been appointed as Bombardier Transportation UK’s MD and chairman of its board. Hufton joins Bombardier from Network Rail, where he was managing director across England and Wales. He joined the...

RMT launches campaign to stop closures of London Overground ticket offices

RMT launches campaign to stop closures of London Overground ticket offices

25.09.18: The RMT has launched a campaign to prevent the closure of 51 London Overground ticket offices. Arriva Rail London, which runs Transport for London’s (TfL) overground services, is planning to shut down 51 stations across the London Ove...

Why we all must mind the gap

Why we all must mind the gap

18.09.18: Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation of talented engineers are not only equipped with the skills necessary for major infrastructure proj...

Second staff member on new Merseyrail trains could cost £7m and lead to fare rises

Second staff member on new Merseyrail trains could cost £7m and lead to fare rises

17.09.18: The cost of having a second member of staff onboard Merseyrail’s new fleet could cost as much as £7m a year in operating expenditure, according to a report published ahead of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Friday bo...

Hull Trains’ Louise Mendham appointed as director after 14 years of delivery

Hull Trains’ Louise Mendham appointed as director after 14 years of delivery

14.09.18: Louise Mendham has been appointed as the new production director of Hull Trains after 14 years of successful delivery at the company. The long serving member of Hull Trains joined as operational support in 2004 and will now join the executi...

Liverpool City Region, Merseyrail, RMT end long-running guard dispute

Liverpool City Region, Merseyrail, RMT end long-running guard dispute

06.09.18: Merseyrail’s newest fleet will have a second member of staff on board after a deal to end the bitter dispute between the RMT and the TOC over the use of additional guards on trains. In an announcement last week, subject to the provisi...

Diversity will help fill the gap at HS2

Diversity will help fill the gap at HS2

29.08.18: Mark Lomas, head of equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) at HS2 Ltd, details what his team is doing to ensure diversity is present at every step of the recruitment process and beyond, all the way down the supply chain. For years, there h...

NR and Southeastern apologise for trains stranded in freezing weather, outline major action plan

NR and Southeastern apologise for trains stranded in freezing weather, outline major action plan

24.08.18: Network Rail and Southeastern have unveiled an action plan on how they plan to respond to major incidents after an independent investigation identified a series of problems with how the two organisations deal with this issue. The investigat...

Former London City Airport CEO Declan Collier announced as ORR chair

Former London City Airport CEO Declan Collier announced as ORR chair

21.08.18: Former London City Airport chief executive Declan Collier has been announced as the preferred candidate to take up the post as chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Collier will succeed current chair Professor Stephen Glaister who wil...

RMT strikes on SWR to go ahead as Cash complains of ‘contemptuous and cavalier approach’

RMT strikes on SWR to go ahead as Cash complains of ‘contemptuous and cavalier approach’

17.08.18: The RMT have confirmed the next phase of their strike action on South Western Railway will go ahead from tomorrow after accusing the company of making a mockery of the negotiation process. The union suggested that SWR sent a team without th...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and the advantages it offers over traditional rail systems. The VLR approach also aims to reduce road cong... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >