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RMT escalates row with Greater Anglia with overtime ban

RMT escalates row with Greater Anglia with overtime ban

28.09.17: RMT has escalated its action on Greater Anglia by imposing an overtime ban for all of its members who work with the TOC. Conductors and senior conductor members have been instructed not to undertake any overtime or rest day working between...

Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

22.09.17: For the third time this year, Aslef and GTR are reportedly close to resolving their dispute on Southern services. According to a statement posted on Aslef’s website, significant progress has been made between the two parties after dis...

RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

20.09.17: October is set to be another tough month for commuters across the country as the RMT announced a tranche of strikes across four operators. Following strikes in September, RMT members will walk out for 24 hours on Tuesday 3 October and Thurs...

A network of training excellence

A network of training excellence

18.09.17: Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail organisations. Ribbons have been cut, the minister has made a stirring speech, the BBC’s...

Do you feel heard in the workplace?

Do you feel heard in the workplace?

18.09.17: Much of what we do at CIRAS is about listening to the health and safety concerns of people in safety critical roles. Often people approach CIRAS with a feeling that their organisation hasn’t been listening particularly well to their concer...

Strikes on horizon for Greater Anglia after overwhelming RMT agreement

Strikes on horizon for Greater Anglia after overwhelming RMT agreement

13.09.17: Greater Anglia could soon be the latest TOC to be hit by strike action as RMT members this week voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action against the operator. The union balloted its driver and guard members and 90% voted for stri...

RSSB launches rule book app on Android platform

RSSB launches rule book app on Android platform

12.09.17: A new app developed by the RSSB to assist rail staff using mobiles and tablets to do their job has now been officially launched on the Android platform. The Rule Book App allows workers to quickly and easily bring up the RSSB’s guidel...

An innovative approach to shaping the student experience

An innovative approach to shaping the student experience

04.09.17: Bill Templeton, head of apprentice development and University Technical College (UTC) lead for Network Rail, as well as a trustee and governor of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University UTC, talks about the new college which specialises in s...

What keeps women from returning to rail?

What keeps women from returning to rail?

04.09.17: Adeline Ginn, founder of Women in Rail, calls on the industry to tackle the barriers stopping women from returning to work after a period of absence. Returning to work after a period of absence can be a somewhat daunting task for anyone. Wh...

Passengers brace for September chaos as RMT announces third triple strike

Passengers brace for September chaos as RMT announces third triple strike

21.08.17: The RMT’s ongoing saga with Southern, Merseyrail and Northern has marched on this week as strikes on all three TOCs were announced to take place at the start of September. On Southern and Northern, members of the union will strike for...

NR to offer new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway

NR to offer new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway

21.08.17: Network Rail is to double the number of apprenticeship opportunities it offers young people, whilst also introducing new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway. A total of 600 opportunities will be offered nationwide by the c...

RMT to ballot members over extending DOO dispute to Greater Anglia

RMT to ballot members over extending DOO dispute to Greater Anglia

14.08.17: RMT has today moved its new dispute with Greater Anglia forward as the union announced it will be balloting its members over the possibility of industrial action against the operator. The dispute relates to the roll-out of driver-only opera...

RMT calls on Grayling to urgently intervene in Southern dispute

RMT calls on Grayling to urgently intervene in Southern dispute

09.08.17: The RMT has put further pressure on transport secretary Chris Grayling today as it penned an open letter calling for “urgent intervention” in its dispute with Southern. Back in June, the RMT called for talks to be held as Grayli...

UK’s first certificate of higher education in high-speed rail launched

UK’s first certificate of higher education in high-speed rail launched

01.08.17: The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has launched the UK’s first Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) in high-speed rail and infrastructure. The new qualification was made in partnership with other organisations within th...

HS2: the catalyst for diversity

HS2: the catalyst for diversity

17.07.17: RTM’s Josh Mines reports on how HS2 Ltd expects its supply chain to remove barriers to inclusion to build capacity and widen access. Efforts to diversify the rail industry are being slowly, if not in some places rather reluctantly, mo...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

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 Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, parents should hire a careers adviser. Very funny at the time, but six years on, she could say the same.... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >