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Rail heritage training success

24.07.07: A celebration event has been held at the Yorkshire Rail Academy to herald the success of learners participating in the rail heritage training project. Learners who attended the event were presented with certificates by Andrew Scott, head of the...

Transport minister opens £13m Paddock Wood rail training centre

24.07.07: Rail Minister, Tom Harris MP has opened the first in a series of new Network Rail maintenance and safety training centres across the UK in Paddock Wood, Kent. Network Rail is investing heavily in a series of these centres constructing new f...

57 MPs tell government to grow the rail network

13.07.07: 57 MPs have joined Transport 2000’s Sardine Man and actress Jenny Agutter in Westminster to show their support for a growing railway. With over a billion people taking train journeys every year, rail overcrowding has become the number...

Satisfaction with rail services drops

07.06.07: A survey of 25,334 rail travellers published by Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, shows that overall passenger satisfaction with rail journeys has fallen for the first time in three years – dropping two per...

Challenges for railway suppliers

01.05.07: Jeremy Candfield, director general, Railway Industry Association The supply side of the rail industry is often taken for granted, yet is critical to successfully responding to the changing needs of the railway. In doing that it faces many c...

Derby Conference Centre open for business

01.05.07: Catalis Training have confirmed that they will be staying on the site on London Road, close to Pride Park and Ascot Drive, in the beautiful art deco grade II listed building which was previously the LMS College of Railway Technology site for the...

MAS-WM Rail initiative to deliver Best Practice workshops

01.05.07: The Manufacturing Advisory Service in the West Midlands has awarded the contract for the delivery of a series of Best Practice workshops dedicated to the rail industry to Solihull based TEC Transnational. Rail companies in the region will b...

Lone worker protection helps take action against abusive passengers

01.03.07: One of the most powerful deterrents for any aggressive individual is the thought that their abusive behaviour will get them in trouble with the authorities. However, producing the evidence to gain a successful prosecution can be difficult. ...

Now is the time for the rail industry to deliver, says ORR chairman

01.03.07: Rail users and government have great expectations of the railways, and now is the time for the industry to show what it can deliver. That was the message from Chris Bolt, chairman of the Office of Rail Regulation, at the National Rail Conference...

Sardines are revolting

01.03.07: In solidarity with fellow passengers fed up being crammed into trains like sardines, Transport 2000’s Sardine Man was at Bristol Temple Meads station in January to make the case for an expanded train service. ‘The situation in t...

Tube Lines manager awarded MBE

Tube Lines manager awarded MBE

01.01.07: A Tube Lines manager has been awarded an MBE in recognition of his contribution to public transport. Peter Forsdick has served transport in London since 1979 when he became a bus engineer following several years of work in vehicle manufacturing....

When shooting them is not an option

01.01.07: Handling difficult people when you do not have management authority Over the last ten years, organisations have evolved to become complex, non-hierarchical and inter-dependent bodies. Project managers are in the frontline of this new cultur...

Project Management – make the right career moves

01.11.06: Melanie Franklin, managing director, Maven Training Limited Project Management has gone through a sea change in terms of professional recognition in the last five years. The recognition of the project manager as a professional is evidenced...

EMC training

01.01.06: Electromagnetic compatibility is a major issue in the railway environment. In order to ensure that electrical/electronic equipment does not produce interference in other electrical/electronic systems, it is vital that design engineers and system...

Emergency training for Hull Trains

01.12.05: A new training scheme introduced by Hull Trains in November has been a great success. The programme, designed to help staff develop the skills needed to cope in emergency situations, has been running on Saturdays since November, with the he...

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New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

20/08/2019New train station part of £218m Chelmsford regeneration

As part of a major £218m regeneration of Chelmsford, a new train station is set to be constructed to improve transport infrastructure in th... more >
Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

19/08/2019Mid-Cheshire Line speed increase after £800k rail upgrade

Following the completion of an £800,000 investment into new railway tracks, passenger trains operating on the Mid-Cheshire Line betwee... more >
North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecting the North through TRU, HS2, NPR and the supply chain opportunities available, ahead of this Octob... 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 >