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Metro taking on young talent

Metro taking on young talent

07.08.09: Newcastle Metro is playing its part in providing skilled workers for tomorrow by taking on two new apprentices Jack Fawcett and Jessica Roberts, both seventeen years old, will take part in a four year course where they will learn everything...

Passengers to sit in their own rubbish

07.08.09: RMT members have voted to ban litter picking on Arriva Cross Country trains as part of industrial action for better working conditions and pay Other measures include a ban on working overtime and Sunday working, along with no volunteering o...

Another rail chief jumps ship

24.07.09: London Midland’s managing director Steve Banaghan has quit his job in order to take up an alternative position His resignation comes only weeks after Richard Bowker resigned as chief executive of National Express Group, with both grou...

Virgin Trains driver caught ‘polishing the gear stick’

24.07.09: A train driver is facing the sack after being caught ‘pleasuring himself’ whilst in control of train travelling at 125 miles per hour, according to a report in The Sun newspaper The newspaper’s ‘source’ said th...

More strikes

More strikes

16.07.09: Once again rail industry workers are to be balloted over potential strike action in an effort to improve working conditions Some London Midland staff have grown increasingly dissatisfied with the way in which their employers are treating th...

Not again Boris!

16.07.09: The mayor of London has put his foot in it again by declaring that his secound salary of £250,000 is merely ‘chicken feed’ This flippant comment has angered rail workers, many of whom are facing unemployment or either a cu...

Right place, right time

07.07.09: Finding the perfect candidate for a vacancy can be a complicated and expensive affair, but not if you’re looking in the right places, says Roy C Rowlands With so many people looking for employment and so few roles available, candidate...

Simulated rail accident investigation

Simulated rail accident investigation

06.07.09: Cranfield University has been associated with aircraft accident investigation for over thirty years. Its partnership with the UK Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB) has meant it has trained hundreds of investigators from around the world t...

London to Brighton Railway engineers celebrated Plaque unveiled at Brighton Rail Station

26.06.09: A plaque commemorating the achievements of civil engineers in creating the Southern railway has been unveiled at Brighton Rail Station by Jean Venables OBE FREng FICE, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), alongside guests from...

Female Tube driver receives MBE

26.06.09: Hanne Bingle, a Tube driver on the Victoria line has been honoured with an Honorary MBE for services to equality and public transport. Hanne has for many years promoted equal rights for women working in the transport industry and has helped...

New recruit for UCS rail

New recruit for UCS rail

26.06.09: UCS Rail, the newly formed rail division of UCS Civils, has appointed experienced engineer and manager Terry Everall to its senior management team to help drive the business forward. Last year parent company UCS Civils was approved to work...

Rail union chief celebrates Cuban revolution

23.06.09: Bob Crow was joined by Alabama 3, the band behind the Soprano’s theme song “Woke Up This Morning”, Aleida Guevara, Che Guevara’s daughter, Labour movement legend Tony Benn and a host of other special guests for the 7th An...

Tube driver gets an MBE

19.06.09: Hanne Bingle, a Tube driver on the Victoria line has been honoured with an Honorary MBE for services to equality and public transport Hanne has for many years promoted equal rights for women working in the transport industry and has helped...

ATOC appoints new corporate affairs director

15.06.09: The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) has appointed Edward Welsh as its Director of Corporate Affairs. Mr. Welsh is the Programme Director for Media and Campaigns at the Local Government Association (LGA) and takes up his new role...

Chief Constable sets himself an even higher challenge

12.06.09: One of the country’s most senior police officers is heading for new heights to raise money for charity. Ian Johnston, Chief Constable of British Transport Police (BTP), is about to embark on the Three Peaks Challenge, scaling the thre...

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‘Major milestone’ in Northamptonshire railway upgrade reached

21/06/2018‘Major milestone’ in Northamptonshire railway upgrade reached

Network Rail has completed 12 weeks of major improvement works in Northamptonshire. The work, which forms part of the Midland Main Line upgrade,... more >
New GTR boss named to lead company through ‘difficult times’

21/06/2018New GTR boss named to lead company through ‘difficult times’

Struggling rail firm Govia Thameslink Railway has named Patrick Verwer as its new chief executive. Following former chief executive Charles ... more >
Thousands of small-medium enterprises to benefit from rail contract changes

21/06/2018Thousands of small-medium enterprises to benefit from rail contract changes

Network Rail will be changing contract terms between subcontractors and suppliers in an effort to benefit thousands of small medium enterprises a... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained. There is no denying that the drive to digitise the UK’s railways is well under way. This... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >