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Crossrail chief executive appointed

06.02.09: Rob Holden CBE to be Chief Executive from April 2009. Crossrail senior team strengthened by further appointments Douglas Oakervee OBE, Executive Chairman Cross London Rail Links Ltd has announced that Rob Holden CBE, the current Chief Exe...

Unions call for government action to halt damaging rail cuts

30.01.09: Unions representing more than 100,000 rail workers have urged the government to use its financial control over the industry to impose a moratorium on cuts in jobs, services and infrastructure maintenance and renewal. In a letter to transpor...

Independent adjudicator appointed to oversee Crossrail construction

23.01.09: Transport Minister Andrew Adonis and London Mayor Boris Johnson today announced the appointment of Tony Gregory as the new independent Crossrail Complaints Commissioner. The Crossrail Complaints Commissioner, will assist members of the publ...

ETB Welcomes Investment in Apprenticeships

09.01.09: The Engineering and Technology Board (ETB) has welcomed the Government’s announcement of £140 million to create 35,000 new apprenticeships and called for engineering, manufacturing and technology to be given priority. The Prime...

New training facility for north west

25.11.08: The traditional “theorist” method of rail training may be becoming a thing of the past. Develop Training Ltd have introduced the first state of the art rail training facility in partnership with Bethell Rail Ltd, a national rail cont...

Train drivers get up to speed on new simulator

Train drivers get up to speed on new simulator

25.11.08: A new simulator has a key role in training 120 Southeastern drivers to take the controls of the company’s 140mph Class 395 high speed trains, which enter passenger service in December next year. It has been installed at Southeastern&r...

CMI to address mismatch between job seekers and employers

20.11.08: Employers are missing out on the UK’s top executives because they have failed to adapt to new job hunting behaviours. According to data released by the Chartered Management Institute, many senior posts will remain unfilled because of a mis...

Economic gloom – senior executives in transport & logistics sector call for long-term focus

20.11.08: A poll of 1,118 senior executives reveals that transport and logistics sector managers and leaders are calling for calm in the face of the continued economic gloom. Respondents to a survey, published today by the Chartered Management Institute...

Equipping for the future - Network Rail signs skills pledge

20.11.08: Network Rail took another big step today on its journey to train and develop its people when it became the latest – and one of the biggest – British companies to sign the government’s skills pledge. In the coming months Br...

Former GMPTA chair appointed to NW rail campaign role

20.11.08: Roger Jones has been confirmed as the new Campaign Director for the North West Rail Campaign. Established in 2003, the Campaign aims to secure extra rail capacity in specific areas of the North West to unlock bottlenecks across the network...

IRO degrees and diplomas conferred

20.11.08: Following academic tradition IRO students were among the graduates ‘capped’ by Glasgow Caledonian University’s (GCU) Chancellor Lord Macdonald of Tradeston at the university’s summer ceremony held in the city’s Roya...

National Express apprentice

National Express apprentice

20.11.08: Jason Rontganger of National Express East Anglia’s Ilford maintenance depot has been named as a finalist in the ‘Rail Apprentice of the Year’ category of the GoSkills Passenger Transport Awards. Jason was born in Walthamst...

Resolving the skills shortage in the transportation industry

20.11.08: The transportation industry in the UK is facing a real and immediate skills crisis. In fact research shows that a minimum of 30-40 per cent additional qualified transport professionals are needed to complete existing projects competently. Worryi...

Tube track manager scoops top marks for safety

20.11.08: Tube Lines employee named Achiever of the Year in the SHP IOSH Awards 2008 Paul Watson, Tube Lines’ senior delivery manager for the Permanent-Way delivery group, has scooped a top health and safety award for leading a safety improve...

RMT joins Paris protest against EU rail privatisation drive

14.11.08: Members of rail union RMT from across Britain have demonstrated in Paris as part of an international protest against European Union diktats demanding the break up and privatisation of rail networks in all member states. The demonstration, c...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

19/07/2019TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

19/07/2019Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age of 16 in an electromechanical engineering organisation and most recently played a key role co-leading... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >