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An innovative approach to shaping the student experience

An innovative approach to shaping the student experience

04.09.17: Bill Templeton, head of apprentice development and University Technical College (UTC) lead for Network Rail, as well as a trustee and governor of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University UTC, talks about the new college which specialises in s...

What keeps women from returning to rail?

What keeps women from returning to rail?

04.09.17: Adeline Ginn, founder of Women in Rail, calls on the industry to tackle the barriers stopping women from returning to work after a period of absence. Returning to work after a period of absence can be a somewhat daunting task for anyone. Wh...

Passengers brace for September chaos as RMT announces third triple strike

Passengers brace for September chaos as RMT announces third triple strike

21.08.17: The RMT’s ongoing saga with Southern, Merseyrail and Northern has marched on this week as strikes on all three TOCs were announced to take place at the start of September. On Southern and Northern, members of the union will strike for...

NR to offer new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway

NR to offer new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway

21.08.17: Network Rail is to double the number of apprenticeship opportunities it offers young people, whilst also introducing new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway. A total of 600 opportunities will be offered nationwide by the c...

RMT to ballot members over extending DOO dispute to Greater Anglia

RMT to ballot members over extending DOO dispute to Greater Anglia

14.08.17: RMT has today moved its new dispute with Greater Anglia forward as the union announced it will be balloting its members over the possibility of industrial action against the operator. The dispute relates to the roll-out of driver-only opera...

RMT calls on Grayling to urgently intervene in Southern dispute

RMT calls on Grayling to urgently intervene in Southern dispute

09.08.17: The RMT has put further pressure on transport secretary Chris Grayling today as it penned an open letter calling for “urgent intervention” in its dispute with Southern. Back in June, the RMT called for talks to be held as Grayli...

UK’s first certificate of higher education in high-speed rail launched

UK’s first certificate of higher education in high-speed rail launched

01.08.17: The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has launched the UK’s first Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) in high-speed rail and infrastructure. The new qualification was made in partnership with other organisations within th...

HS2: the catalyst for diversity

HS2: the catalyst for diversity

17.07.17: RTM’s Josh Mines reports on how HS2 Ltd expects its supply chain to remove barriers to inclusion to build capacity and widen access. Efforts to diversify the rail industry are being slowly, if not in some places rather reluctantly, mo...

NSAR launches National Training Partnership to drive skills in rail

NSAR launches National Training Partnership to drive skills in rail

14.07.17: A new skills initiative to help meet the growing demand for new talent across the rail sector has been launched this week by the National Skills Academy Rail (NSAR). The ‘National Training Partnership’ programme will aim to brin...

Use the apprenticeship levy opportunity to attract better talent

Use the apprenticeship levy opportunity to attract better talent

10.07.17: Recently, larger organisations were hit with the apprenticeship levy. In the rail industry, where apprenticeships are already popular, this will encourage further employment of apprentices. But, argues Nigel Eagers of NSAR, they’re the luc...

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...

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Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

21/09/2018Former Aston Villa chair announced as WMCA HS2 growth delivery chair

Steve Hollis has been announced as the new chair of the West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) HS2 growth delivery board. A former chairman... more >
Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

21/09/2018Major northern station upgrade reaches phase two of redevelopment

Plans to improve the Doncaster Railway Station have reached phase two of the redevelopment process. Work has begun on the plans, developed b... more >
Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

21/09/2018Northern unveils new digital train for roll-out at end of year

Northern has unveiled its refurbished Class 158 digital train for passengers, ahead of the new fleet’s complete roll-out by the end of 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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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 >