Rail jobs, staff issues and training

Develop Training Ltd offers new fully funded permanent way programme

14.11.07: Develop Training Ltd has just announced a new, 10 week permanent way foundation qualification. Funding is provided by the Learning Skills Council and the programme is available at no cost to participants who meet certain criteria. The benef...

New qualification in railway training and education

New qualification in railway training and education

14.11.07: The requirement to adapt to rapid change, whether imposed by outside agencies or driven by internal forces, is a fact of life for people working in Britain’s railway industry. Railway staff at all levels require regular updating of their k...

Open day shows off the UK’s ‘best equipped signalling training centre’

Open day shows off the UK’s ‘best equipped signalling training centre’

14.11.07: Delegates from the British rail industry recently had the opportunity to visit a revitalised signalling training centre in Derby which the owners claim is the best equipped in the country. Months of work moving equipment from Crewe culminat...

Interfleet recruits two new senior consultants

13.11.07: Interfleet Technology has added two experienced recruits to its already highly-regarded team in London. Senior consultant Adam Parker, a health, safety and environment specialist, joins from Cubic Transportation Systems, while electrical en...

MP opens Southeastern’s new operations learning and development centre at Orpington, Kent

MP opens Southeastern’s new operations learning and development centre at Orpington, Kent

13.11.07: Orpington MP John Horam was at the town’s railway station to officially open a new £325,000 staff learning and development centre. A former Southern region steam locomotive shed, already partly used as a drivers’ depot, it...

MVA Consultancy appoints London deputy director

13.11.07: Leading transport specialist MVA Consultancy has appointed chartered transport and town planner Costi Rentzos as deputy director for the London region. During his career he has managed and directed studies in masterplanning, public transit...

Central Trains and rail unions open staff learning centre

Central Trains and rail unions open staff learning centre

04.10.07: Staff learning and development has moved up another gear with the opening of a new centre for Central Trains’ staff at New Street Station, Birmingham. Equipped with computers, a library plus information on a wide range of courses, the cent...

New head of research appointed at RSSB

01.10.07: The Rail Safety and Standards Board has announced the appointment of James Hardy to the position of head of research and development. James Hardy moves to RSSB from the Highways Agency, where he held a similar position in charge of its research...

Platform appeal to raise funds for railway children in India

Platform appeal to raise funds for railway children in India

27.09.07: A major new charity appeal, aimed exclusively at the rail industry and the organisations and people working within it, is being launched by Railway Children - the charity that works to prevent the abuse of children on the streets both in the UK...

Metronet strike suspended after eight hours of talks

13.09.07: Strike action by more than 2,300 Metronet maintenance workers was suspended late last night after more than eight hours of talks between RMT, the failed company, its administrator and TfL yielded progress on the issues involved in the dispute. ...

Catalis move forward with Class 395 Training

24.07.07: The development work to produce and deliver the training courses for Hitachi’s Class 395 EMU is moving at a rapid pace. The training team consisting of project leader Dave Clark, Simon Shelley, Daniel Neale, Gary Chambers and Peter Lord ha...

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...

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HS2 progress report released

24/01/2020HS2 progress report released

Today (Jan 24) the latest update on the rail project High Speed Two was released by the National Audit Service. The report says The Departme... more >
Transform a Pacer competition winners announced

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Aired on television last night (Jan 22) the lucky winners of the Transform a Pacer competition were announced. The competition means that after 3... more >
Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

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Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to... 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 >