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Use the apprenticeship levy opportunity to attract better talent

Use the apprenticeship levy opportunity to attract better talent

10.07.17: Recently, larger organisations were hit with the apprenticeship levy. In the rail industry, where apprenticeships are already popular, this will encourage further employment of apprentices. But, argues Nigel Eagers of NSAR, they’re the luc...

Time to try something new

Time to try something new

06.07.17: Carolyn Griffiths, the recently-appointed president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), talks to RTM about what she’d like to achieve during her year in office. Many people in the rail industry will know Carolyn Griff...

Watchdog sets out future lessons as GWR complaints soar after systems failure

Watchdog sets out future lessons as GWR complaints soar after systems failure

03.07.17: Great Western Railway (GWR) has been criticised for its poor record of responding to complaints from customers by an influential passenger watchdog. In a document released today, Transport Focus stated that from 2015-16 to 2016-17, the numb...

Aslef starts overtime ban as Southern launches ‘resilient’ interim timetable

Aslef starts overtime ban as Southern launches ‘resilient’ interim timetable

29.06.17: Members of Aslef will begin their overtime ban on Southern services today, as its leadership stated that it reflected the “total loss of trust” between drivers and their employer. From today (Thursday 29 June) Southern drivers w...

Gibb criticises unions as primary cause for Southern woes

Gibb criticises unions as primary cause for Southern woes

23.06.17: Unions RMT and Aslef have been described as the “primary cause” for Southern’s problems over the past year, as the much-anticipated Gibb report was finally published by the DfT. Last year, Network Rail non-executive direct...

Southern, Northern and Merseyrail set for major RMT strike action in July

Southern, Northern and Merseyrail set for major RMT strike action in July

23.06.17: Yet more strikes have been announced by the RMT across Merseyrail, Northern and Southern services to take place on different days in July. Members of the union will strike for 24 hours on Saturday 8 July, Monday 10 July and Sunday 23 July o...

Aslef reinstates overtime ban after members reject second Southern deal

Aslef reinstates overtime ban after members reject second Southern deal

19.06.17: Aslef has his week announced that it plans to reinstate its overtime ban after its members rejected a deal with Southern for the second time. Last month, a ban had been arranged to start on 4 June but union leaders postponed this to continu...

TfN boss to take charge of Northern Rail from September

TfN boss to take charge of Northern Rail from September

15.06.17: Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) chief executive David Brown will leave the organisation to join Arriva Rail North as its managing director in September, it has today been announced. Brown, who has been at the organisation for...

‘Great progress’ made in rail sector skills delivery plan so far, NSAR reveals

‘Great progress’ made in rail sector skills delivery plan so far, NSAR reveals

13.06.17: Considerable progress has been made into delivering on key targets set out in the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan, the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) has today revealed. Launched by DfT and the wider industry in December 2016, the...

All set for this year’s ETCR Seminar

All set for this year’s ETCR Seminar

13.06.17: The ‘EU Transport and Railway Affairs’ course, also called the ETCR Seminar, is an annual two-week seminar on EU railway affairs which presents the latest developments within the railway sector on a European level. The first edition...

RMT demands immediate halt to DOO plans in light of hung Parliament

RMT demands immediate halt to DOO plans in light of hung Parliament

09.06.17: Rail union RMT has called for an immediate halt to the implementation of driver-only operated (DOO) and driver-controlled operation (DCO) services on the network as a result of today’s hung Parliament announcement, which suggests the Tory...

Aslef suspends overtime ban to resume talks with Southern

Aslef suspends overtime ban to resume talks with Southern

02.06.17: Aslef has pushed back the start of its overtime ban in order to resume negotiations with Southern. The ban would have prevented drivers who are members of Aslef from working overtime on Southern services, and was due to start on 4 June. ...

RMT gives Greater Anglia deadline to reverse alleged ticket office closures

RMT gives Greater Anglia deadline to reverse alleged ticket office closures

31.05.17: The RMT has today handed Greater Anglia an ultimatum to confirm that all ticket office jobs and windows will be kept open on its franchise by 19 June – or face a formal dispute. It comes after the union stated that it will fight alleg...

High Speed Rail college calls on businesses to commit apprentices

High Speed Rail college calls on businesses to commit apprentices

23.05.17: Businesses have been called on to “act soon,” to fill the remaining spaces left on the National College for High Speed Rail’s (NCHSR) apprenticeship schemes. In anticipation of the college opening in four months’ tim...

Liverpool businesses call for end to RMT Merseyrail row ‘as a matter of urgency’

Liverpool businesses call for end to RMT Merseyrail row ‘as a matter of urgency’

19.05.17: Businesses in Liverpool have called on the RMT and Merseyrail to return to negotiations and bring their long-running dispute to an end as “a matter of urgency”. The union has been locked in a dispute with the operator since the...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... more >
Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

19/10/2018Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rai... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements for the East Coast Partnership will more successfully overcome the systemic difficulties presented b... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >