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Finch takes National Express rail job

Finch takes National Express rail job

18.12.09: After a tense week of deliberation, Tube Lines boss Dean Finch has announced that he is to move rail jobs to National Express. Finch will be leaving his current rail job at Tube Lines after spending only a relatively short time in the posit...

Have I got RMT news for you?

27.11.09: Bob Crow is to make show business history by being the first trade union leader to appear on the hit BBC comedy panel show Have I got News For You. Commenting on his future appearance, Bob said: “I'm looking forward to an evening of s...

Rail conductor retires after 50 year career

20.11.09: A conductor has called time on his rail career after fifty years working within the industry, after beginning work as a crossings boy. Irving Silverwood, is leaving his career to begin his retire in his bungalow, which is situated near to t...

Scotrail employs youngest ever train driver

13.11.09: A twenty-one-year-old has become the youngest ever train driver to work for Scotrail and is reportedly delighted with his new rail job. The young man, Douglas Craddock, who had spent two years working in the Royal Navy, originally wanted to...

Tube Lines training unemployed for rail jobs

13.11.09: In a ground breaking set of trials, Tube Lines has begun working together with Greenwich council to teach engineering skills to the unemployed. As part of the programme Tubelines has been teaching unemployed people the necessary health and...

Minister commends Tube Lines for training milestone

06.11.09: Tube Lines, the company responsible for the multi-billion pound upgrade of London’s Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, was today commended for surpassing 2,000 qualifications awarded to its employees. At a ceremony hosted at Tube...

RMT votes on rail jobs pay deal

23.10.09: The RMT was pleased to announce that their members have voted in favour of a 4.5 per cent pay increase over the next three years. Bob Crow, RMT general secretary, said: “With politicians talking about pay freezes this deal delivers RM...

Nexus appoints new rail director to oversee infrastructure maintenance

Nexus appoints new rail director to oversee infrastructure maintenance

16.10.09: Nexus has appointed a new Rail Director to oversee maintenance on the Tyne and Wear Metro network. Raymond Johnstone has taken charge of the day to day maintenance of all Metro’s railway infrastructure, from tracks and signals to stat...

150th anniversary celebrations for railway legends

18.09.09: Grandfathers of rail, Isambard Kingdom Brunel and Robert Stevenson, are to be honored on the respective anniversaries of their deaths. Special events will be held to celebrate the lives of two of rail’s most innovative thinkers who cr...

Keep your mind on the job with RailJobsBlog

18.09.09: Whatever your industry, trying to find a job can often be quite stressful, especially if you are not sure where to look for the latest information. Cue RailJobsBlog, a site packed with insight from the latest stories in rail and their affec...

New rail job for ex-London Underground CEO

18.09.09: It has been announced that Mike Brown will be the new managing director of London Underground. In announcing the appointment, Transport Commissioner, Peter Hendy said that Mr Brown had a great record for both delivery and leadership. H...

Trouble brewing over rail job conditions

11.09.09: An argument is growing between Virgin Trains and the RMT over working conditions for Virgin Trains staff. The argument flared up over proposed industrial action over working conditions for staff rotas for rail jobs at the company; the RMT h...

Rail renationalisation ‘irrelevant’

04.09.09: This is the view put forward in a recent article by Alec McTavish, director of policy and operations at the Association of Train Operating Companies. The article, which was published in the Telegraph newspaper, puts forward the argument tha...

Railway runaway

Railway runaway

04.09.09: Everyone has heard of running away to join the circus, but now a young boy has tried to run away to join the railway... 15 times! The Sun newspaper has reported that the boy, who is only four years old, is extremely determined in his missio...

Tube worker saves family from disaster

14.08.09: A Transport for London employee went the extra mile to ensure that a family’s holiday in Britain did not end in disaster. The incident occurred when a family who had been on holiday in London were travelling on the tube, only to reali...

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Ep 10. We need to keep investing in rail, Kate Jennings

27/05/2020Ep 10. We need to keep investing in rail, Kate Jennings

Policy Director and Lead Coronavirus Response Co-Ordinator at RIA, Kate Jennings, joined host Matt Roberts on Track Talk to discuss how the rail ... more >
GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

26/05/2020GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) entire fleet of Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, plus stations and staff a... more >
ROI is up and Carbon is down: a new RTM experience

26/05/2020ROI is up and Carbon is down: a new RTM experience

The world has had to face changes and challenges in 2020 but Rail Technology Magazine began its next stage of evolution long before COVID-19 was ... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achieving those visions. With a much greater, interconnected network of data available to the engineers and... 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 >