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Alstom to close historic Preston rail site

Alstom to close historic Preston rail site

26.10.17: Alstom is to close a historic site in Preston, and move a number of jobs to a new facility in Widnes.  The Strand Road site, which has been a centre of rail production for 120 years, will close following the opening of its new Widnes s...

ASLEF to hold third ballot to bring Southern dispute to an end

ASLEF to hold third ballot to bring Southern dispute to an end

19.10.17: Ballots will be opened to members of ASLEF on a proposed resolution to their longstanding industrial dispute. The disagreement between the union and Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), the parent company of Southern Rail, has been ongoing since...

National College for High Speed Rail opens doors in Doncaster

National College for High Speed Rail opens doors in Doncaster

10.10.17: The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) in Doncaster has this week been officially opened by education secretary Justine Greening. The college, located in Doncaster was opened yesterday and is the largest of five new national colle...

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

Teams of even gender mix perform best, NR finds

09.10.17: Network Rail has published a report showing that diverse teams perform better, particularly when it comes to gender mix. The report found that teams with an even balance of men and women perform the best, with teams that meet the 20% critical m...

Rail industry ‘already feeling effects of skills investment’ from HS2

Rail industry ‘already feeling effects of skills investment’ from HS2

04.10.17: Even though work has not yet started on HS2, the project is already driving change in the industry as the benefit from new investment in skills and innovation is being felt by organisations, a report has this week argued. The latest report...

RMT takes aim at May for ‘sabotaging’ deals with TOCs

RMT takes aim at May for ‘sabotaging’ deals with TOCs

03.10.17: The RMT has today written to the prime minister accusing the government of “sabotaging” any chance of a deal being made with TOCs in the union’s ongoing dispute. The union is currently battling with four TOCs, Merseyrail...

RMT escalates row with Greater Anglia with overtime ban

RMT escalates row with Greater Anglia with overtime ban

28.09.17: RMT has escalated its action on Greater Anglia by imposing an overtime ban for all of its members who work with the TOC. Conductors and senior conductor members have been instructed not to undertake any overtime or rest day working between...

Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

22.09.17: For the third time this year, Aslef and GTR are reportedly close to resolving their dispute on Southern services. According to a statement posted on Aslef’s website, significant progress has been made between the two parties after dis...

RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

20.09.17: October is set to be another tough month for commuters across the country as the RMT announced a tranche of strikes across four operators. Following strikes in September, RMT members will walk out for 24 hours on Tuesday 3 October and Thurs...

A network of training excellence

A network of training excellence

18.09.17: Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail organisations. Ribbons have been cut, the minister has made a stirring speech, the BBC’s...

Do you feel heard in the workplace?

Do you feel heard in the workplace?

18.09.17: Much of what we do at CIRAS is about listening to the health and safety concerns of people in safety critical roles. Often people approach CIRAS with a feeling that their organisation hasn’t been listening particularly well to their concer...

Strikes on horizon for Greater Anglia after overwhelming RMT agreement

Strikes on horizon for Greater Anglia after overwhelming RMT agreement

13.09.17: Greater Anglia could soon be the latest TOC to be hit by strike action as RMT members this week voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action against the operator. The union balloted its driver and guard members and 90% voted for stri...

RSSB launches rule book app on Android platform

RSSB launches rule book app on Android platform

12.09.17: A new app developed by the RSSB to assist rail staff using mobiles and tablets to do their job has now been officially launched on the Android platform. The Rule Book App allows workers to quickly and easily bring up the RSSB’s guidel...

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...

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Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

13/11/2018Commute times surge by five minutes in past 10 years, with Wales and North East suffering most

Travel times to and from work now take an extra five minutes longer, with rail commuters facing the longest journeys, new analysis shows. In... more >
GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

13/11/2018GWR and SWR owner FirstGroup appoints new CEO as it announces fall in rail profits

FirstGroup has named Matthew Gregory as its new chief executive as it revealed widening half-year losses and warned about the profitability of it... more >
Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

13/11/2018Andrew Jones returns as rail minister following Jo Johnson’s resignation

Andrew Jones, MP for Harrogate and Knaresborough, has been appointed as transport minister with responsibility for rail following the resignation... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and transport users alike. Until this point, Crossrail had seemed to have escaped the public probl... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >