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Industry lacks “clear vision”

16.07.08: ORR chairman Chris Bolt has called on the rail industry to think radically about how it can meet growth in demand and increased customer expectations In a keynote address to the Institute of Economic Affairs' conference on The Future of Rai...

London calling: Develop Training & Deltone join forces

16.07.08: Develop Training Limited have announced their arrival in London after joining forces with Deltone Training Consultants to expand their current training portfolio. Operating from a conveniently located training centre in north east London, t...

£4m Network Rail training centre opens

£4m Network Rail training centre opens

15.07.08: Network Rail’s £4m Larbert Training Centre was has been opened by Fiona Hyslop, cabinet secretary for education and skills Ms Hyslop was joined by Steve Featherstone, Network Rail director, infrastructure maintenance, and Richar...

Online job hunting fails to deliver the Midas touch for candidates

15.07.08: Contract workers still prefer talking to a real person than going online to find a new job, according to research from Resourcing Solutions Limited a specialist recruitment consultancy in the rail, engineering and construction sectors. Acco...

New public transport chief appointed for Greater Manchester

04.07.08: Public transport in Greater Manchester has a new leading light, after Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA) elected its Chair for the next year. Trafford Councillor Matthew Colledge was appointed Chair at the GMPTA Annual...

Tube cleaners to strike for living wage after landslide vote

20.06.08: Around 700 RMT Tube cleaners working for four private contractors are to stage a series of strikes after voting by a landslide 125-to-one margin for action to win the London living wage and decent working conditions. Cleaners working for IS...

Transport board pushes for better rail services

13.06.08: New contracts for the South Central rail franchise offer a prime opportunity to deliver more seats, faster services and better east-west transport links says the South East England Regional Transport Board (RTB). The RTB's call for action i...

RMT to ballot train staff at Arriva Cross Country over removal of on-board catering facilities

23.05.08: More than 400 catering staff and guards at Arriva Cross Country are to be balloted for strike action over the removal of catering facilities from trains. The ballot, scheduled to close on June 19, follows the company’s failure to unde...

ORR welcomes new Director of Rail Safety

16.05.08: Bill Emery, Chief Executive of the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has warmly welcomed the appointment of Ian Prosser as Director of Railway Safety. Ian will begin his post on 4 August 2008, where he will work alongside the present Chief In...

RMT wins equality for First Great Western train-maintenance and cleaning staff

16.05.08: Planned strike action by than 400 train-maintenance, shunting and cleaning staff at eight First Great Western sites between Penzance, Swansea and London has been called off after the company conceded to union demands. 24-hour strike action...

Catalis wins National Express East Coast training contract

14.05.08: Catalis have won the contract to support the delivery of technical and mandatory training for National Express East Coast. The contract is for a period of up to three years and courses will be delivered mainly at train service delivery depots in...

Craig King appointed Catalis technical Director

Craig King appointed Catalis technical Director

14.05.08: Craig King has been appointed technical director of Catalis Training. He will join the Catalis board and has responsibilities for the rail division specialising in signalling and telecommunications engineering. After a long and varied caree...

Grass is greener at home for rail engineers

14.05.08: Ironically for a field involved in transportation, rail engineers are the least well travelled group amongst their peers. EPCglobal uncovered this interesting fact after conducting a survey of 1,600 engineers of all nationalities and from a...

More than just a badge

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...

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets ou... more >
Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge growth arc and surrounding areas, England’s Economic Heartland (EEH) has particular reason to wel... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >