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Museum launches steamy appeal

29.02.08: Forty years after the end of British Railways steam in 1968, the National Railway Museum (NRM) has launched an appeal to find people with a ‘steamy’ past. As part of the preparation for May’s 9-day gala celebrating the his...

Transposition of Council Directive 2005-47-EC on the working time of cross-border rail workers.

29.02.08: The Department for Transport has published details of the Transposition of Council Directive 2005/47/EC on the working time of cross-border rail workers. The purpose of this consultation is to ask stakeholders for any comments they may have...

Rail Watchdog appoints Passenger Director

22.02.08: Independent rail watchdog Passenger Focus has appointed Ashwin Kumar as its new Passenger Director. Ashwin will head up the watchdog’s Passenger Link team, which is responsible for liaising with train operating companies, Network Rail...

David Franks interview

20.02.08: David Franks, managing director, National Express Group Trains Division National Express has been running the East Coast franchise for almost two months. How is it going? Obviously it is still early days but the signs are very positi...

Frank Huidobro appointed as TPS MD

20.02.08: Design, project management and consultancy practice TPS is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Huidobro as its new Managing Director. Frank takes over from Shaun Carter who has a new role within Carillion, TPS’s parent company, he...

Knowing the value of training to your business

Knowing the value of training to your business

20.02.08: How efficient and effective is your training function in meeting the demands of your business? Rose Hill P&OD Ltd believes that the effectiveness and efficiency of a company’s training function should be a key contributing facto...

Pay or perks? Engineers speak their minds

20.02.08: Pay is one of the most important factors for almost any professional when contemplating their next career move but how does it compare to other factors for the average engineer? The Times newspaper asked us to look into engineers’ sal...

Put tackling climate change at the heart of transport policy

20.02.08: The government must think realistically about which railway lines and stations will be needed for our future rail network and safeguard them systematically, says Cat Hobbs, Public Transport Campaigner for the Campaign for Better Transport I...

RMT welcomes call for Northern Rail to stop penalising abused staff

20.02.08: The RMT rail union has welcomed a call by MPs for Northern Rail to stop docking the pay of workers who need time off after being assaulted or abused at work. Earlier this month, RMT demanded that Northern Rail drop a unilateral change of po...

Stannah scoop National Railway Heritage award

Stannah scoop National Railway Heritage award

20.02.08: Underground accessibility award for their lift modernisation work at Hove station. The award, in the form of a blue plaque to be displayed at the station was presented to Jon Stannah, managing director of Stannah Lift Services, by Rt. Hon. Gwyne...

What is Train to Gain?

What is Train to Gain?

20.02.08: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is the organisation responsible for making the UK better skilled and more competitive. They are responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational education and training for everyone and work close...

Yorkshire Rail academy track launch

Yorkshire Rail academy track launch

20.02.08: The Yorkshire Rail Academy has launched its very own external track and signal facility when Professor Andrew McNaughton, chief engineer at Network Rail, officially opened the excellent new resource on 6th February 2008. The external track...

Lincoln signallers to strike in support of colleague

15.02.08: RMT threatens to escalate dispute to defend transfer agreement More than 50 RMT signallers in the Lincoln area are to take two separate days of strike action after voting by more than four to one for action in support of a colleague treat...

York station’s ‘Mr. Car park’ retires

20.12.07: Popular car park attendant Walter Bell retires this week after almost 17 years at York Railway Station. Walter started work at the station as a cleaner but began greeting the regular travellers who use the executive car park 12 years ago. H...

Chris Rayner, director of CTRL

14.11.07: HS1 is a superb engineering achievement, completed on time and within budget, the first major new railway in the UK for over one hundred years. What were the principal engineering challenges and how were they overcome? The biggest challenge...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and the advantages it offers over traditional rail systems. The VLR approach also aims to reduce road cong... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >