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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...

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17.11.17: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce through the innovative use of new technology. Reducing the safety risks our workforces are expos...

RMT Virgin West Coast support staff vote to strike over ‘workplace justice’

RMT Virgin West Coast support staff vote to strike over ‘workplace justice’

16.11.17: RMT members of Virgin West Coast services have today voted massively in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay. Out of 1,460 staff polled, 1,330 said they were prepared to take strike action over a disparity in pay between drivers an...

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

16.11.17: The DfT has pledged to work alongside industry partners and MPs to offer young people “a million direct and inspiring experiences of engineering” in an effort to tackle the skills gap. Coming as part of the 2018 Year of Engineering...

ASLEF and Virgin to create ‘next generation of drivers’ with new apprentice scheme

ASLEF and Virgin to create ‘next generation of drivers’ with new apprentice scheme

15.11.17: ASLEF and Virgin Trains have started what they claim is the industry’s first-ever driver apprenticeship scheme launched by a train operator, which will take place over a year-long period. Initially the training programme attracted ove...

NR tackles skills shortage during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

NR tackles skills shortage during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

13.11.17: Last week saw Network Rail graduates and students demonstrate their enthusiasm for STEM subjects in school. As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (6 to 10 November), the volunteers visited schools to encourage children to consider car...

Testing tomorrow's technology today

Testing tomorrow's technology today

09.11.17: David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major testing benefits the company’s new training academy will bring to the rail industry. In...

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...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of the ... 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 >