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New head of research appointed at RSSB

01.10.07: The Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced the appointment of James Hardy to the position of head of research and development. James Hardy moves to RSSB from the Highways Agency, where he held a similar position in charge of its research...

Platform appeal to raise funds for railway children in India

Platform appeal to raise funds for railway children in India

27.09.07: A major new charity appeal, aimed exclusively at the rail industry and the organisations and people working within it, is being launched by Railway Children - the charity that works to prevent the abuse of children on the streets both in the UK...

Metronet strike suspended after eight hours of talks

13.09.07: Strike action by more than 2,300 Metronet maintenance workers was suspended late last night after more than eight hours of talks between RMT, the failed company, its administrator and TfL yielded progress on the issues involved in the dispute. ...

Catalis move forward with Class 395 Training

24.07.07: The development work to produce and deliver the training courses for Hitachi’s Class 395 EMU is moving at a rapid pace. The training team consisting of project leader Dave Clark, Simon Shelley, Daniel Neale, Gary Chambers and Peter Lord ha...

Rail heritage training success

24.07.07: A celebration event has been held at the Yorkshire Rail Academy to herald the success of learners participating in the rail heritage training project. Learners who attended the event were presented with certificates by Andrew Scott, head of the...

Transport minister opens £13m Paddock Wood rail training centre

24.07.07: Rail Minister, Tom Harris MP has opened the first in a series of new Network Rail maintenance and safety training centres across the UK in Paddock Wood, Kent. Network Rail is investing heavily in a series of these centres constructing new f...

57 MPs tell government to grow the rail network

13.07.07: 57 MPs have joined Transport 2000’s Sardine Man and actress Jenny Agutter in Westminster to show their support for a growing railway. With over a billion people taking train journeys every year, rail overcrowding has become the number...

Satisfaction with rail services drops

07.06.07: A survey of 25,334 rail travellers published by Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, shows that overall passenger satisfaction with rail journeys has fallen for the first time in three years – dropping two per...

Challenges for railway suppliers

01.05.07: Jeremy Candfield, director general, Railway Industry Association The supply side of the rail industry is often taken for granted, yet is critical to successfully responding to the changing needs of the railway. In doing that it faces many c...

Derby Conference Centre open for business

01.05.07: Catalis Training have confirmed that they will be staying on the site on London Road, close to Pride Park and Ascot Drive, in the beautiful art deco grade II listed building which was previously the LMS College of Railway Technology site for the...

MAS-WM Rail initiative to deliver Best Practice workshops

01.05.07: The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the West Midlands has awarded the contract for the delivery of a series of Best Practice workshops dedicated to the rail industry to Solihull based TEC Transnational. Rail companies in the region will b...

Lone worker protection helps take action against abusive passengers

01.03.07: One of the most powerful deterrents for any aggressive individual is the thought that their abusive behaviour will get them in trouble with the authorities. However, producing the evidence to gain a successful prosecution can be difficult. ...

Now is the time for the rail industry to deliver, says ORR chairman

01.03.07: Rail users and government have great expectations of the railways, and now is the time for the industry to show what it can deliver. That was the message from Chris Bolt, chairman of the Office of Rail Regulation, at the National Rail Conference...

Sardines are revolting

01.03.07: In solidarity with fellow passengers fed up being crammed into trains like sardines, Transport 2000’s Sardine Man was at Bristol Temple Meads station in January to make the case for an expanded train service. ‘The situation in t...

Tube Lines manager awarded MBE

Tube Lines manager awarded MBE

01.01.07: A Tube Lines manager has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his contribution to public transport. Peter Forsdick has served transport in London since 1979 when he became a bus engineer following several years of work in vehicle manufacturing....

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Five injured in Tube explosion

20/06/2018Five injured in Tube explosion

Five people have been injured in an explosion at a north London Underground station. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that police we... more >
Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... 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 >