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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...

Develop Training Ltd offers new fully funded permanent way programme

14.11.07: Develop Training Ltd has just announced a new, 10 week permanent way foundation qualification. Funding is provided by the Learning Skills Council and the programme is available at no cost to participants who meet certain criteria. The benef...

New qualification in railway training and education

New qualification in railway training and education

14.11.07: The requirement to adapt to rapid change, whether imposed by outside agencies or driven by internal forces, is a fact of life for people working in Britain’s railway industry. Railway staff at all levels require regular updating of their k...

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...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transport, we set out our ambitions for more frequent services, more carriages, and better stations for the... more >
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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 >
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 >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... 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 >