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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...

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...

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Network Rail improvement work will begin this week on three level crossings in Staffordshire. Engineers will be replacing the older barrier ... more >
£2.5m government funding set to improve CrossCountry

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Announced today (Feb 24th) by the Rail Minister a £2.5m investment is set to benefit passengers across CrossCountry rail services. Fro... more >
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Martin Frobisher, Group director, Safety, Technical & Engineering and Network Rail, joins us in the RTM Podcast room to discuss the renewable... 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 >