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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...

Transposition of Council Directive 2005-47-EC on the working time of cross-border rail workers.

29.02.08: The Department for Transport has published details of the Transposition of Council Directive 2005/47/EC on the working time of cross-border rail workers. The purpose of this consultation is to ask stakeholders for any comments they may have...

Rail Watchdog appoints Passenger Director

22.02.08: Independent rail watchdog Passenger Focus has appointed Ashwin Kumar as its new Passenger Director. Ashwin will head up the watchdog’s Passenger Link team, which is responsible for liaising with train operating companies, Network Rail...

David Franks interview

20.02.08: David Franks, managing director, National Express Group Trains Division National Express has been running the East Coast franchise for almost two months. How is it going? Obviously it is still early days but the signs are very positi...

Frank Huidobro appointed as TPS MD

20.02.08: Design, project management and consultancy practice TPS is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank Huidobro as its new Managing Director. Frank takes over from Shaun Carter who has a new role within Carillion, TPS’s parent company, he...

Knowing the value of training to your business

Knowing the value of training to your business

20.02.08: How efficient and effective is your training function in meeting the demands of your business? Rose Hill P&OD Ltd believes that the effectiveness and efficiency of a company’s training function should be a key contributing facto...

Pay or perks? Engineers speak their minds

20.02.08: Pay is one of the most important factors for almost any professional when contemplating their next career move but how does it compare to other factors for the average engineer? The Times newspaper asked us to look into engineers’ sal...

Put tackling climate change at the heart of transport policy

20.02.08: The government must think realistically about which railway lines and stations will be needed for our future rail network and safeguard them systematically, says Cat Hobbs, Public Transport Campaigner for the Campaign for Better Transport I...

RMT welcomes call for Northern Rail to stop penalising abused staff

20.02.08: The RMT rail union has welcomed a call by MPs for Northern Rail to stop docking the pay of workers who need time off after being assaulted or abused at work. Earlier this month, RMT demanded that Northern Rail drop a unilateral change of po...

Stannah scoop National Railway Heritage award

Stannah scoop National Railway Heritage award

20.02.08: Underground accessibility award for their lift modernisation work at Hove station. The award, in the form of a blue plaque to be displayed at the station was presented to Jon Stannah, managing director of Stannah Lift Services, by Rt. Hon. Gwyne...

What is Train to Gain?

What is Train to Gain?

20.02.08: The Learning and Skills Council (LSC) is the organisation responsible for making the UK better skilled and more competitive. They are responsible for planning and funding high-quality vocational education and training for everyone and work close...

Yorkshire Rail academy track launch

Yorkshire Rail academy track launch

20.02.08: The Yorkshire Rail Academy has launched its very own external track and signal facility when Professor Andrew McNaughton, chief engineer at Network Rail, officially opened the excellent new resource on 6th February 2008. The external track...

Lincoln signallers to strike in support of colleague

15.02.08: RMT threatens to escalate dispute to defend transfer agreement More than 50 RMT signallers in the Lincoln area are to take two separate days of strike action after voting by more than four to one for action in support of a colleague treat...

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RIA: Calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

19/02/2020RIA: Calls on Shapps for urgent rail electrification

The Railway Industry Association and other representatives from across the industry such as Northern Rail Industry Leaders, Civil Engineering Con... more >
Northern reaches milestone in new train introduction

19/02/2020Northern reaches milestone in new train introduction

Following a £500m investment in rail in the north of England, this week nine new trains were integrated into Arriva Rail North’s flee... more >
Alstom to take over Bombardier

18/02/2020Alstom to take over Bombardier

Alstom, French multinational company who operate worldwide in rail transport markets, are set to take over Canadian train producer Bombardier. ... 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 >