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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...

Stars shine at National Express trains awards

11.04.08: National Express train companies enjoyed success at the annual Trains Excellence Awards where their achievements were honoured on the 27th March 2008. National Express East Anglia, Gatwick Express, c2c and National Express East Coast were a...

A sustainable railway? The White Paper and its plans

08.04.08: In July 2007, the Department for Transport published the White Paper, Delivering a Sustainable Railway. It includes two main policy proposals: a five-year plan for 2009-14 and a thirty year-strategy for 2009-39. In this extract from the recently...

Best Companies success for Eland

08.04.08: Eland Cables has been included in the Sunday Times Top 100 Best Small Companies to Work For for the second consecutive year. The Top 100 acknowledges organisations which provide excellent workplaces, excellent workplace practices and great leade...

Measuring the future

08.04.08: Financial and environmental pressures and technological advances have led to the advent of on-board metering of electric trains, says Phil Hinde Paying for electricity in homes and workplaces, through properly calibrated meters ticking aw...

New transport boss promises technological revolution

08.04.08: An expert in transport technology who has helped to develop real-time information and prepaid travel card schemes in Europe and the US has been appointed the new information systems director at Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Executive. ...

train4change named Rail Supplier of the Year

train4change named Rail Supplier of the Year

08.04.08: train4change (t4c), an innovative training and consultancy company has scooped the prestigious Rail Supplier of the Year award at the 10th HSBC Rail Business Awards at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. The victory marks the second time...

Training and development revolution continues at network rail

08.04.08: Britain’s largest deliverer of projects – Network Rail – is launching an exciting new development initiative – a master of science (MSc) in project management. This comes just weeks after Network Rail was one of the first...

Women in engineering

08.04.08: EPCglobal has been collaborating with the government-funded UK Resource Centre for Women in Science, Engineering and Technology over the last three years to support its work to encourage more women into engineering, including rail engineering. ...

GMPTA Chairman welcomes report into Local Transport Bill

29.02.08: A report that calls for the strengthening of the Local Transport Bill has been largely welcomed by the Chair of Greater Manchester Passenger Transport Authority (GMPTA). The Institute for Public Policy Research North (IPPR North) has publis...

Museum launches steamy appeal

29.02.08: Forty years after the end of British Railways steam in 1968, the National Railway Museum (NRM) has launched an appeal to find people with a ‘steamy’ past. As part of the preparation for May’s 9-day gala celebrating the his...

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Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

25/06/2019Grand Central plans new rail route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020

Grand Central will run a new route from Blackpool to London from spring 2020, the train operator announced today. The new InterCity services... more >
Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

25/06/2019Transport for Wales awards first ECI contracts for £700m South Wales Metro

Transport for Wales (TfW) has awarded three companies to begin preparatory works on the £738m South Wales Metro, the organisation announced... more >
Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25/06/2019Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a ... 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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Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

25/06/2019Increasing passenger confidence and accessibility with the Rail Delivery Group

The Rail Delivery Group plans to make travelling by train easier than ever before by making trains and stations more accessible and developing a ... more >
Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

24/06/2019Diversity, inclusion and marking 100 years of Women in Engineering

100 years of Women in Engineering, and transforming the future too One hundred years on from the birth of the Women in Engineering Society (... more >
Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

20/06/2019Challenging perceptions of apprenticeships in the rail industry with Anna Delvecchio

RTM talks exclusively to one of the rising stars of the industry and Transport’s Woman of the Year 2018, Anna Delvecchio. Amey’s... 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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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

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >