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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...

MAS-WM Rail initiative to deliver Best Practice workshops

01.05.07: The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the West Midlands has awarded the contract for the delivery of a series of Best Practice workshops dedicated to the rail industry to Solihull based TEC Transnational. Rail companies in the region will b...

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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 >