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14.05.08: Anyone working in the rail industry today knows that assessment techniques and processes are critical to supporting recognized skills qualifications like NVQs. But getting assessors to the stage where they can deliver robust methods of assessmen...

New training approaches reduce costs and risk

New training approaches reduce costs and risk

14.05.08: A recent report from the National Audit Office (Reducing passenger rail delays by better management of incidents, March 2008) assessed the cost of delays to passengers in 2006-7 at a minimum of £1 billion. Although the number of annual del...

Railway professional development courses at the IET

14.05.08: For 20 years, the IET has been running training courses on railway signalling, electric traction, electrification and infrastructure, becoming leaders in the field of providing professional development for railway engineers, presenting three dif...

Reducing operational risk

14.05.08: Assessment programmes which focus on the level of an individual’s understanding of their job role will provide organisations with the data to set about improving their company’s business performance, says Mary Clarke Highly skil...

First Great Western train-maintenance and cleaning staff

09.05.08: More than 400 train-maintenance, shunting and cleaning staff at eight First Great Western sites in a triangle between Penzance, Swansea and London are to strike for 24 hours on Sunday, May 18 over working hours, overtime rates and other issues. ...

RIA appoints new Technical Director

01.05.08: Francis How has been appointed by the Railway Industry Association as its Technical Director, a position focussing on the important areas of technical standards, safety, research and innovation. He is taking over from Richard Gostling, who is pl...

Stars shine at National Express trains awards

11.04.08: National Express train companies enjoyed success at the annual Trains Excellence Awards where their achievements were honoured on the 27th March 2008. National Express East Anglia, Gatwick Express, c2c and National Express East Coast were a...

A sustainable railway? The White Paper and its plans

08.04.08: In July 2007, the Department for Transport published the White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway. It includes two main policy proposals: a five-year plan for 2009-14 and a thirty year-strategy for 2009-39. In this extract from the recently...

Best Companies success for Eland

08.04.08: Eland Cables has been included in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For for the second consecutive year. The Top 100 acknowledges organisations which provide excellent workplaces, excellent workplace practices and great leade...

Measuring the future

08.04.08: Financial and environmental pressures and technological advances have led to the advent of on-board metering of electric trains, says Phil Hinde Paying for electricity in homes and workplaces, through properly calibrated meters ticking aw...

New transport boss promises technological revolution

08.04.08: An expert in transport technology who has helped to develop real-time information and prepaid travel card schemes in Europe and the US has been appointed the new information systems director at Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. ...

train4change named Rail Supplier of the Year

train4change named Rail Supplier of the Year

08.04.08: train4change (t4c), an innovative training and consultancy company has scooped the prestigious Rail Supplier of the Year award at the 10th HSBC Rail Business Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The victory marks the second time...

Training and development revolution continues at network rail

08.04.08: Britain’s largest deliverer of projects – Network Rail – is launching an exciting new development initiative – a master of science (MSc) in project management. This comes just weeks after Network Rail was one of the first...

Women in engineering

08.04.08: EPCglobal has been collaborating with the government-funded UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology over the last three years to support its work to encourage more women into engineering, including rail engineering. ...

GMPTA Chairman welcomes report into Local Transport Bill

29.02.08: A report that calls for the strengthening of the Local Transport Bill has been largely welcomed by the Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA). The Institute for Public Policy Research North (IPPR North) has publis...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and the advantages it offers over traditional rail systems. The VLR approach also aims to reduce road cong... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >