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Time to try something new

Time to try something new

06.07.17: Carolyn Griffiths, the recently-appointed president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), talks to RTM about what she’d like to achieve during her year in office. Many people in the rail industry will know Carolyn Griff...

Watchdog sets out future lessons as GWR complaints soar after systems failure

Watchdog sets out future lessons as GWR complaints soar after systems failure

03.07.17: Great Western Railway (GWR) has been criticised for its poor record of responding to complaints from customers by an influential passenger watchdog. In a document released today, Transport Focus stated that from 2015-16 to 2016-17, the numb...

Aslef starts overtime ban as Southern launches ‘resilient’ interim timetable

Aslef starts overtime ban as Southern launches ‘resilient’ interim timetable

29.06.17: Members of Aslef will begin their overtime ban on Southern services today, as its leadership stated that it reflected the “total loss of trust” between drivers and their employer. From today (Thursday 29 June) Southern drivers w...

Gibb criticises unions as primary cause for Southern woes

Gibb criticises unions as primary cause for Southern woes

23.06.17: Unions RMT and Aslef have been described as the “primary cause” for Southern’s problems over the past year, as the much-anticipated Gibb report was finally published by the DfT. Last year, Network Rail non-executive direct...

Southern, Northern and Merseyrail set for major RMT strike action in July

Southern, Northern and Merseyrail set for major RMT strike action in July

23.06.17: Yet more strikes have been announced by the RMT across Merseyrail, Northern and Southern services to take place on different days in July. Members of the union will strike for 24 hours on Saturday 8 July, Monday 10 July and Sunday 23 July o...

Aslef reinstates overtime ban after members reject second Southern deal

Aslef reinstates overtime ban after members reject second Southern deal

19.06.17: Aslef has his week announced that it plans to reinstate its overtime ban after its members rejected a deal with Southern for the second time. Last month, a ban had been arranged to start on 4 June but union leaders postponed this to continu...

TfN boss to take charge of Northern Rail from September

TfN boss to take charge of Northern Rail from September

15.06.17: Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) chief executive David Brown will leave the organisation to join Arriva Rail North as its managing director in September, it has today been announced. Brown, who has been at the organisation for...

‘Great progress’ made in rail sector skills delivery plan so far, NSAR reveals

‘Great progress’ made in rail sector skills delivery plan so far, NSAR reveals

13.06.17: Considerable progress has been made into delivering on key targets set out in the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan, the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) has today revealed. Launched by DfT and the wider industry in December 2016, the...

All set for this year’s ETCR Seminar

All set for this year’s ETCR Seminar

13.06.17: The ‘EU Transport and Railway Affairs’ course, also called the ETCR Seminar, is an annual two-week seminar on EU railway affairs which presents the latest developments within the railway sector on a European level. The first edition...

RMT demands immediate halt to DOO plans in light of hung Parliament

RMT demands immediate halt to DOO plans in light of hung Parliament

09.06.17: Rail union RMT has called for an immediate halt to the implementation of driver-only operated (DOO) and driver-controlled operation (DCO) services on the network as a result of today’s hung Parliament announcement, which suggests the Tory...

Aslef suspends overtime ban to resume talks with Southern

Aslef suspends overtime ban to resume talks with Southern

02.06.17: Aslef has pushed back the start of its overtime ban in order to resume negotiations with Southern. The ban would have prevented drivers who are members of Aslef from working overtime on Southern services, and was due to start on 4 June. ...

RMT gives Greater Anglia deadline to reverse alleged ticket office closures

RMT gives Greater Anglia deadline to reverse alleged ticket office closures

31.05.17: The RMT has today handed Greater Anglia an ultimatum to confirm that all ticket office jobs and windows will be kept open on its franchise by 19 June – or face a formal dispute. It comes after the union stated that it will fight alleg...

High Speed Rail college calls on businesses to commit apprentices

High Speed Rail college calls on businesses to commit apprentices

23.05.17: Businesses have been called on to “act soon,” to fill the remaining spaces left on the National College for High Speed Rail’s (NCHSR) apprenticeship schemes. In anticipation of the college opening in four months’ tim...

Liverpool businesses call for end to RMT Merseyrail row ‘as a matter of urgency’

Liverpool businesses call for end to RMT Merseyrail row ‘as a matter of urgency’

19.05.17: Businesses in Liverpool have called on the RMT and Merseyrail to return to negotiations and bring their long-running dispute to an end as “a matter of urgency”. The union has been locked in a dispute with the operator since the...

Upskilling our workforce: how we need to think

Upskilling our workforce: how we need to think

19.05.17: Simon Rennie (pictured centre), general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, on the importance of upskilling the current workforce in addition to recruiting new entrants. Are railways still transformational? Really transformat...

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TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

20/07/2018TfL and TfWM join forces in knowledge sharing deal

A landmark collaboration between two of the UK’s biggest regions has been signed to pave the way to improve rail transport between the area... more >
DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

19/07/2018DfT pledges ‘tough action’ on GTR, contract breach review due this month

GTR could be at risk of losing control of its franchise as early as this month depending on the outcome of a “hard review” into wheth... more >
Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

19/07/2018Higgins urges Grayling to make decision on Yorkshire HS2 parkway station

HS2 Ltd’s outgoing chairman, Sir David Higgins, has urged the government to make a decision on proposals to create a parkway station on the... 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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HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE), talk about four new HS2 research projects which are set to challenge how we design, build and monitor high-speed rail projects. No one doubts that HS2 must provide a platform for innovation, but just how can this be achieved? How can researchers keep up with one of the world’s most tech... more >
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Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

17/07/2018Elizabeth Line: a greener approach

Howard Smith, operations director for TfL Rail and the Elizabeth Line, outlines the key features of the brand-new, eco-friendly Old Oak Common de... more >
iRail: investing in the future

17/07/2018iRail: investing in the future

The rail industry today faces many challenges, one of those being the skills gap in high- speed rail. However, events like iRail are doing their ... more >
HS2: collaborate to innovate

17/07/2018HS2: collaborate to innovate

Dr Chris Goodier and Dr Steve Yeomans, of Loughborough University’s Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering (CICE)... more >
Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

17/07/2018Hydrogen trains: bringing the success story to the UK

Hydrogen-powered trains are already a reality in other rail networks in Europe. Now, working alongside Eversholt Rail, Alstom UK plans to bring t... 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 >