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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...

RMT wins equality for First Great Western train-maintenance and cleaning staff

16.05.08: Planned strike action by than 400 train-maintenance, shunting and cleaning staff at eight First Great Western sites between Penzance, Swansea and London has been called off after the company conceded to union demands. 24-hour strike action...

Catalis wins National Express East Coast training contract

14.05.08: Catalis have won the contract to support the delivery of technical and mandatory training for National Express East Coast. The contract is for a period of up to three years and courses will be delivered mainly at train service delivery depots in...

Craig King appointed Catalis technical Director

Craig King appointed Catalis technical Director

14.05.08: Craig King has been appointed technical director of Catalis Training. He will join the Catalis board and has responsibilities for the rail division specialising in signalling and telecommunications engineering. After a long and varied caree...

Grass is greener at home for rail engineers

14.05.08: Ironically for a field involved in transportation, rail engineers are the least well travelled group amongst their peers. EPCglobal uncovered this interesting fact after conducting a survey of 1,600 engineers of all nationalities and from a...

More than just a badge

14.05.08: Anyone working in the rail industry today knows that assessment techniques and processes are critical to supporting recognized skills qualifications like NVQs. But getting assessors to the stage where they can deliver robust methods of assessmen...

New training approaches reduce costs and risk

New training approaches reduce costs and risk

14.05.08: A recent report from the National Audit Office (Reducing passenger rail delays by better management of incidents, March 2008) assessed the cost of delays to passengers in 2006-7 at a minimum of £1 billion. Although the number of annual del...

Railway professional development courses at the IET

14.05.08: For 20 years, the IET has been running training courses on railway signalling, electric traction, electrification and infrastructure, becoming leaders in the field of providing professional development for railway engineers, presenting three dif...

Reducing operational risk

14.05.08: Assessment programmes which focus on the level of an individual’s understanding of their job role will provide organisations with the data to set about improving their company’s business performance, says Mary Clarke Highly skil...

First Great Western train-maintenance and cleaning staff

09.05.08: More than 400 train-maintenance, shunting and cleaning staff at eight First Great Western sites in a triangle between Penzance, Swansea and London are to strike for 24 hours on Sunday, May 18 over working hours, overtime rates and other issues. ...

RIA appoints new Technical Director

01.05.08: Francis How has been appointed by the Railway Industry Association as its Technical Director, a position focussing on the important areas of technical standards, safety, research and innovation. He is taking over from Richard Gostling, who is pl...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >