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RMT welcomes call for Northern Rail to stop penalising abused staff

20.02.08: The RMT rail union has welcomed a call by MPs for Northern Rail to stop docking the pay of workers who need time off after being assaulted or abused at work. Earlier this month, RMT demanded that Northern Rail drop a unilateral change of po...

Stannah scoop National Railway Heritage award

Stannah scoop National Railway Heritage award

20.02.08: Underground accessibility award for their lift modernisation work at Hove station. The award, in the form of a blue plaque to be displayed at the station was presented to Jon Stannah, managing director of Stannah Lift Services, by Rt. Hon. Gwyne...

What is Train to Gain?

What is Train to Gain?

20.02.08: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is the organisation responsible for making the UK better skilled and more competitive. They are responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational education and training for everyone and work close...

Yorkshire Rail academy track launch

Yorkshire Rail academy track launch

20.02.08: The Yorkshire Rail Academy has launched its very own external track and signal facility when Professor Andrew McNaughton, chief engineer at Network Rail, officially opened the excellent new resource on 6th February 2008. The external track...

Lincoln signallers to strike in support of colleague

15.02.08: RMT threatens to escalate dispute to defend transfer agreement More than 50 RMT signallers in the Lincoln area are to take two separate days of strike action after voting by more than four to one for action in support of a colleague treat...

York station’s ‘Mr. Car park’ retires

20.12.07: Popular car park attendant Walter Bell retires this week after almost 17 years at York Railway Station. Walter started work at the station as a cleaner but began greeting the regular travellers who use the executive car park 12 years ago. H...

Chris Rayner, director of CTRL

14.11.07: HS1 is a superb engineering achievement, completed on time and within budget, the first major new railway in the UK for over one hundred years. What were the principal engineering challenges and how were they overcome? The biggest challenge...

Develop Training Ltd offers new fully funded permanent way programme

14.11.07: Develop Training Ltd has just announced a new, 10 week permanent way foundation qualification. Funding is provided by the Learning Skills Council and the programme is available at no cost to participants who meet certain criteria. The benef...

New qualification in railway training and education

New qualification in railway training and education

14.11.07: The requirement to adapt to rapid change, whether imposed by outside agencies or driven by internal forces, is a fact of life for people working in Britain’s railway industry. Railway staff at all levels require regular updating of their k...

Open day shows off the UK’s ‘best equipped signalling training centre’

Open day shows off the UK’s ‘best equipped signalling training centre’

14.11.07: Delegates from the British rail industry recently had the opportunity to visit a revitalised signalling training centre in Derby which the owners claim is the best equipped in the country. Months of work moving equipment from Crewe culminat...

Interfleet recruits two new senior consultants

13.11.07: Interfleet Technology has added two experienced recruits to its already highly-regarded team in London. Senior consultant Adam Parker, a health, safety and environment specialist, joins from Cubic Transportation Systems, while electrical en...

MP opens Southeastern’s new operations learning and development centre at Orpington, Kent

MP opens Southeastern’s new operations learning and development centre at Orpington, Kent

13.11.07: Orpington MP John Horam was at the town’s railway station to officially open a new £325,000 staff learning and development centre. A former Southern region steam locomotive shed, already partly used as a drivers’ depot, it...

MVA Consultancy appoints London deputy director

13.11.07: Leading transport specialist MVA Consultancy has appointed chartered transport and town planner Costi Rentzos as deputy director for the London region. During his career he has managed and directed studies in masterplanning, public transit...

Central Trains and rail unions open staff learning centre

Central Trains and rail unions open staff learning centre

04.10.07: Staff learning and development has moved up another gear with the opening of a new centre for Central Trains’ staff at New Street Station, Birmingham. Equipped with computers, a library plus information on a wide range of courses, the cent...

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...

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ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

20/09/2018ORR report: ‘No one took charge’ in May timetable chaos, ‘everyone made mistakes’

A scathing report into the May timetable chaos has blasted transport secretary Chris Grayling, Network Rail, and the DfT’s handling of the ... more >
Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

20/09/2018Government rejects claims of transport spending ‘regional imbalance’

The Transport Committee has urged the DfT to “be more specific about the economic rebalancing effects it intends to achieve&rdquo... more >
DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

20/09/2018DfT quietly pulls the plug on CrossCountry franchise competition

The government has decided to pull the plug on the CrossCountry franchise competition as a result of its rail review announcement today. Bec... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements for the East Coast Partnership will more successfully overcome the systemic difficulties presented b... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >