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RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

24.02.17: Rail union RMT has called for urgent talks to be resumed with Southern in a bid to bring its long running dispute about guards on trains to an end after months of the bitter feud. The news comes as RMT executives prepare to meet next Tuesda...

Intertrain: ready for the future

Intertrain: ready for the future

23.02.17: RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion and Babcock got together to celebrate the company’s latest cohort of rail apprentices. Luana...

Aslef members reject Southern deal as further strike looms

Aslef members reject Southern deal as further strike looms

16.02.17: Aslef drivers have voted to reject a proposed resolution with Southern, therefore failing to put an end to the bitter 10-month dispute between the operator and rail trade unions.  The union’s referendum result comes a day after R...

RMT announce strikes as talks with ‘pig-headed’ Southern break down

RMT announce strikes as talks with ‘pig-headed’ Southern break down

15.02.17: Talks between Southern and rail union RMT broke down once again yesterday without either party being able to agree on acceptable terms, as it was announced today that there would be more strike action taking place next Wednesday 22 February.&nbs...

NTAR showcases VR tech training to rail minister

NTAR showcases VR tech training to rail minister

13.02.17: New virtual reality technology currently being used to train the next generation of engineers was put on show for the rail minister, Paul Maynard, when he visited NTAR’s Northampton base last week. NTAR provides up to 20,000 man days...

Aslef and GTR provisionally agree to end Southern row

Aslef and GTR provisionally agree to end Southern row

02.02.17: Rail drivers’ union Aslef and Southern owners Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have reached a provisional agreement which could potentially end the pair’s long-running dispute and relieve pressure on the beleaguered franchise. Asl...

Northern offers reassurance to RMT over DCO

Northern offers reassurance to RMT over DCO

27.01.17: The RMT union has received confirmation from Northern that the company is willing to guarantee the union a second staff member on board its trains. The union is now seeking a meeting with the company, run by Arriva Rail North, to come with...

Skills challenge: From strategy to action

Skills challenge: From strategy to action

24.01.17: Elaine Clark, manager of Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM), explains how the region is already taking innovative action to tackle the national skills shortage. The skills shortages in the rail industry have been well documented for some time....

A one-industry call for skills development

A one-industry call for skills development

20.01.17: At the launch of the new Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan in December, key industry figures got together to outline how the major strategy will seek to address rail’s workforce gaps through clear, tangible and deliverable pledges. Luana Sa...

RMT agrees revised pay deal with Northern

RMT agrees revised pay deal with Northern

18.01.17: The RMT has agreed a revised deal with Northern over worker pay, leading the union to halt its current vote for industrial action against the franchise. The rail union started balloting its members two weeks ago on whether they wished to ta...

Aslef offers to suspend Southern strikes for talks

Aslef offers to suspend Southern strikes for talks

17.01.17: The railway drivers’ union Aslef has offered to suspend its industrial action on Southern rail next week if the operator agrees to new talks hosted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Drivers were due to strike next week on 24, 25 and...

‘Saga of strike misery’ to continue as RMT plans 23 January action on Southern

‘Saga of strike misery’ to continue as RMT plans 23 January action on Southern

12.01.17: The RMT has announced that guards on Southern will hold another 24-hour strike on 23 January as the union’s dispute with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) presses on. The action marks the latest development in the long-running row over S...

RMT extends DOO dispute to Northern and Merseyrail

RMT extends DOO dispute to Northern and Merseyrail

12.01.17: The RMT has widened its dispute with Northern Rail as it has given the franchise’s operator Arriva Rail North two weeks to clarify whether trains will retain their guards or risk dispute. The union is already balloting its members for...

GTR takes to the Supreme Court to block further Aslef strikes on Southern

GTR takes to the Supreme Court to block further Aslef strikes on Southern

12.01.17: After launching a failed legal challenge at the High Court in December and subsequently losing its appeal case at the Court of Appeal, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is now taking its legal action against drivers’ union Aslef to the Suprem...

Southern grinds to a halt as another strike begins

Southern grinds to a halt as another strike begins

10.01.17: Southern has cancelled all trains again as another three days of drivers’ strikes by Aslef began. In revised action, the union will strike today, tomorrow and Friday, after initially announcing non-stop strikes from 9 to 14 January, i...

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Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

24/02/2017Rail industry made and spent £18.4bn in 2015-16, ORR reveals

ORR has this week published its UK rail industry financial information 2015-16, which has revealed the expenditure and income sources of the whol... more >
RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

24/02/2017RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

Rail union RMT has called for urgent talks to be resumed with Southern in a bid to bring its long running dispute about guards on trains to an en... more >
Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

24/02/2017Storm Doris wreaks havoc across UK as London Midland Cross City line remains closed

The impact of yesterday’s Storm Doris has been felt on rail services across the country, as passengers saw major disruption and commuters f... more >

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17/01/2017Rising to the digital demand

The countdown is well and truly on for this year’s UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), and the whole RTM team is looking forward to welcoming you to the fourth edition of this event on 9 February.  Held once again at Battersea Evolution, the prestigious awards ceremony promises to be an extraordinary evening, celebrating some of the major achievements of the industry in the last year. You can see the awards shortlist on pag... read more >

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Making rail fares simpler

Making rail fares simpler

David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, explains how a number of initiatives over the next 12 months aim to make rail fares simpler. By the end of 2017, we hope passengers w... more > more last word articles >

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Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

03/02/2017Southern Rail passengers reminded to claim compensation

Southern’s annual season ticket holders have been reminded that they are entitled to claim compensation due to the franchise’s poor performance over the 2016-17 financial year. Last year, the DfT promised that Southern season ticket holders would be able to claim the equivalent of a month’s worth of fares in compensation for the disruption caused by industrial action and infrastructure development. The reminder ha... more >
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The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

01/02/2017The role of simulation in ERTMS training and system design

Paul Boyle, head of ERTMS at Virgin Trains East Coast (VTEC), discusses the role of simulation in ERTMS training ahead of this year’s &lsqu... more >
Digital railway maintenance

01/02/2017Digital railway maintenance

Tim Flower, head of maintenance at Network Rail, explains how the infrastructure owner is adopting a new approach for condition monitoring to max... more >
Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

01/02/2017Challenges and opportunities for big data in the Digital Railway

Dr John Easton and Dr Shruti Kohli from the University of Birmingham write for RTM about the role big data can play in transforming the country&r... more >
A better railway depends on harnessing technology

27/01/2017A better railway depends on harnessing technology

Paul Plummer, chief executive of the Rail Delivery Group (RDG), argues that we must change the status quo and invest in technology if we are to c... 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 >