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RSSB develops new guidance to improve NTS of rail staff

RSSB develops new guidance to improve NTS of rail staff

05.05.17: New staff training guidance has been announced this week to boost the skills of railway workers to create a safer train network in the UK. The RSSB has stated that it is developing guidance that was launched in 2012 to improve the non-techn...

iRail 2017: inspiring the rail workers of the future

iRail 2017: inspiring the rail workers of the future

05.05.17: RTM’s Josh Mines reports from this year’s edition of iRail. In mid-March, 12 teams of teenagers from schools around Derbyshire came together for this year’s iRail event, held at Pride Park stadium, the home of Derby County...

RMT plans strike at London Bridge over staff assault incident

RMT plans strike at London Bridge over staff assault incident

04.05.17: Union RMT yesterday announced strikes on the London Underground on 7 May as part of an escalation of its dispute with TfL over “London Bridge Three”. RMT threatened action last month after one member of staff was allegedly sacke...

RMT returns to picket line on Northern

RMT returns to picket line on Northern

28.04.17: Members of the RMT union have returned to the picket line today on Northern in protest at plans to introduce driver-only operated (DOO) trains, while changing the number and role of guards on-board the TOC’s new fleet. It follows talk...

Strike to go ahead on Northern as RMT talks break down

Strike to go ahead on Northern as RMT talks break down

26.04.17: Discussions between Arriva Rail North and the RMT union have broken down once again, confirming that strike action will go ahead on Friday this week. The TOC expects to run around 40% of its normal service during the 24-hour industrial action. ...

Merseyrail prepares for more strike action as RMT talks fail again

Merseyrail prepares for more strike action as RMT talks fail again

25.04.17: Yet more strike action is expected to be announced on Merseyrail services as talks between the operator and the RMT union broke down yet again. The dispute over driver-only operated trains caused drivers and guards to walk out earlier in th...

Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

Northern to run less than half its services during Friday’s RMT strike

24.04.17: Northern has announced its reduced timetable in preparation for industrial action that is set to go ahead this Friday, saying that 55 of its routes will be operating as normal or with a replacement bus service. The operator is expected to r...

RMT announces second Northern strike for April

RMT announces second Northern strike for April

19.04.17: RMT will once again strike against Arriva Rail North on 28 April after talks between the union and the operator broke down. Little progress was made when the two parties met last week, the RMT claims, as Arriva “dug its heels in&rdquo...

GTR boss earns almost £500,000 in 2016 despite terrible year for Southern

GTR boss earns almost £500,000 in 2016 despite terrible year for Southern

10.04.17: Southern rail boss and CEO of Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) Charles Horton was paid almost half a million pounds in 2016, despite over a year’s worth of commuter chaos caused by the ongoing industrial dispute with the unions over DOO and...

RMT Southern strike will go ahead on Saturday as talks break down again

RMT Southern strike will go ahead on Saturday as talks break down again

06.04.17: Talks between Southern and RMT broke down yet again yesterday, confirming the news that the union will walk out on Saturday. The strike marks the 31st time that RMT has walked out since the dispute over driver-only operated (DOO) trains sta...

Northern braces for nightmare Grand National with less than a third of trains running

Northern braces for nightmare Grand National with less than a third of trains running

04.04.17: Northern has today released its reduced timetable for Grand National day this Saturday when RMT drivers and guards go on strike – revealing that only 32% of its normal service will be in operation. The news comes on the same day as RM...

Aslef rejects new Southern deal by margin of 26 votes

Aslef rejects new Southern deal by margin of 26 votes

03.04.17: Drivers’ union Aslef has today voted to reject another proposed deal to bring its dispute over driver-only-operated (DOO) trains with Southern Rail to an end. In the ballot cast today, guards and drivers who were members of the union...

Merseyrail reveals reduced Grand National timetable to cope with RMT strike

Merseyrail reveals reduced Grand National timetable to cope with RMT strike

29.03.17: Merseyrail has today released its modified timetable for RMT’s strike on Grand National Day on Saturday 8 April, saying that there will be very few trains running on the network besides services going to and from the racecourse at Aintree....

RMT writes to Liverpool mayor in attempt to end Merseyrail dispute

RMT writes to Liverpool mayor in attempt to end Merseyrail dispute

28.03.17: The RMT union has today penned a letter to the mayor of Liverpool asking to arrange an urgent meeting in a desperate attempt to get him to intervene and resolve its dispute with Merseyrail. The disagreement has been ongoing since the start...

Reasons to be cheerful

Reasons to be cheerful

23.03.17: Ahead of the major imminent reforms to the apprenticeship system, Simon Rennie, general manager of the National Training Academy for Rail, outlines the industry’s reasons to be positive about the future of skills. Those of a particula...

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Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... more >
Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

19/06/2018Labour to launch no confidence challenge against Grayling

The transport secretary is under fire in parliament today as Labour looks to draft a motion of no confidence in the Commons. The party is us... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained. There is no denying that the drive to digitise the UK’s railways is well under way. This... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >