Rail jobs, staff issues and training

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...

Platform appeal to raise funds for railway children in India

Platform appeal to raise funds for railway children in India

27.09.07: A major new charity appeal, aimed exclusively at the rail industry and the organisations and people working within it, is being launched by Railway Children - the charity that works to prevent the abuse of children on the streets both in the UK...

Metronet strike suspended after eight hours of talks

13.09.07: Strike action by more than 2,300 Metronet maintenance workers was suspended late last night after more than eight hours of talks between RMT, the failed company, its administrator and TfL yielded progress on the issues involved in the dispute. ...

Catalis move forward with Class 395 Training

24.07.07: The development work to produce and deliver the training courses for Hitachi’s Class 395 EMU is moving at a rapid pace. The training team consisting of project leader Dave Clark, Simon Shelley, Daniel Neale, Gary Chambers and Peter Lord ha...

Rail heritage training success

24.07.07: A celebration event has been held at the Yorkshire Rail Academy to herald the success of learners participating in the rail heritage training project. Learners who attended the event were presented with certificates by Andrew Scott, head of the...

Transport minister opens £13m Paddock Wood rail training centre

24.07.07: Rail Minister, Tom Harris MP has opened the first in a series of new Network Rail maintenance and safety training centres across the UK in Paddock Wood, Kent. Network Rail is investing heavily in a series of these centres constructing new f...

57 MPs tell government to grow the rail network

13.07.07: 57 MPs have joined Transport 2000’s Sardine Man and actress Jenny Agutter in Westminster to show their support for a growing railway. With over a billion people taking train journeys every year, rail overcrowding has become the number...

Satisfaction with rail services drops

07.06.07: A survey of 25,334 rail travellers published by Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, shows that overall passenger satisfaction with rail journeys has fallen for the first time in three years – dropping two per...

Challenges for railway suppliers

01.05.07: Jeremy Candfield, director general, Railway Industry Association The supply side of the rail industry is often taken for granted, yet is critical to successfully responding to the changing needs of the railway. In doing that it faces many c...

Derby Conference Centre open for business

01.05.07: Catalis Training have confirmed that they will be staying on the site on London Road, close to Pride Park and Ascot Drive, in the beautiful art deco grade II listed building which was previously the LMS College of Railway Technology site for the...

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Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

12/10/2018Rail review: Grayling confirms no major changes until 2020

Rail commuters could continue to face disruption until major changes are made to the rail franchising system in 2020, following the transport sec... more >
£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

12/10/2018£15m Network Rail freight upgrade between Doncaster and Lincolnshire kicks off

Work to upgrade the route between Doncaster and northern Lincolnshire has begun as Network Rail invests more than £15m in rail freight in t... more >
How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

12/10/2018How will Crossrail 2 be paid for? Boss backs tax hike, says ‘we must make scheme more affordable’

The managing director for Crossrail 2 has outlined the plans for cutting costs for Crossrail 2, stating that TfL “need to make it more affo... 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 >