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Apprentices on track for a great future

Apprentices on track for a great future

03.11.08: The Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Mavis Smitheman, visited Northern Rail’s Newton Heath Train Maintenance Depot recently to meet the first intake of new apprentices as they begin their training. Andrew Lord (19) and Jordan Mear...

Top transport bosses meet MPs

20.10.08: Some of the North West’s most influential transport bosses travelled to London on Tuesday to meet MPs at the House of Commons. Councillor Matt Colledge (Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA)), Sir Moir Lock...

RMT station staff on Tube’s East Ham and Charing Cross station groups to strike tomorrow in separate disputes

22.08.08: RMT Station Staff working at eleven Tube stations between Plaistow and Upminster on London Underground’s District Line and at Elephant and Castle, Charing Cross and Lambeth North on the Bakerloo are to strike for 24 hours from 04:30 tomorr...

Rail maintenance workers to escalate strike action over harmonisation following talks-progress veto

08.08.08: Some 12,000 Network Rail maintenance workers in Britain’s biggest rail union are to escalate strike action with a four-day stoppage from next Friday after the company cold-shouldered a call for top-level discussions to resolve a long-runni...

Raising a fork for railway workers and their families

16.07.08: Many more active and retired railway workers in distress will receive the help they need this year as the Railway Benefit Fund (RBF) holds its second Scottish Railway Dinner in Glasgow on Friday 22nd August. The fundraising event, which sta...

An interview with Richard Brown, chief executive of Eurostar

16.07.08: What plans do you have to encourage more people to use Eurostar rather than planes? Lots. First and foremost, we’re still pushing the benefits of the move to St Pancras International – faster journey times and better punctuality...

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...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecting the North through TRU, HS2, NPR and the supply chain opportunities available, ahead of this Octob... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >