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RMT takes aim at May for ‘sabotaging’ deals with TOCs

RMT takes aim at May for ‘sabotaging’ deals with TOCs

03.10.17: The RMT has today written to the prime minister accusing the government of “sabotaging” any chance of a deal being made with TOCs in the union’s ongoing dispute. The union is currently battling with four TOCs, Merseyrail...

RMT escalates row with Greater Anglia with overtime ban

RMT escalates row with Greater Anglia with overtime ban

28.09.17: RMT has escalated its action on Greater Anglia by imposing an overtime ban for all of its members who work with the TOC. Conductors and senior conductor members have been instructed not to undertake any overtime or rest day working between...

Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

Aslef and GTR once again close to ending DOO dispute

22.09.17: For the third time this year, Aslef and GTR are reportedly close to resolving their dispute on Southern services. According to a statement posted on Aslef’s website, significant progress has been made between the two parties after dis...

RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

RMT ‘playing politics’ with passengers as strike action planned in October

20.09.17: October is set to be another tough month for commuters across the country as the RMT announced a tranche of strikes across four operators. Following strikes in September, RMT members will walk out for 24 hours on Tuesday 3 October and Thurs...

A network of training excellence

A network of training excellence

18.09.17: Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail organisations. Ribbons have been cut, the minister has made a stirring speech, the BBC’s...

Do you feel heard in the workplace?

Do you feel heard in the workplace?

18.09.17: Much of what we do at CIRAS is about listening to the health and safety concerns of people in safety critical roles. Often people approach CIRAS with a feeling that their organisation hasn’t been listening particularly well to their concer...

Strikes on horizon for Greater Anglia after overwhelming RMT agreement

Strikes on horizon for Greater Anglia after overwhelming RMT agreement

13.09.17: Greater Anglia could soon be the latest TOC to be hit by strike action as RMT members this week voted overwhelmingly in favour of industrial action against the operator. The union balloted its driver and guard members and 90% voted for stri...

RSSB launches rule book app on Android platform

RSSB launches rule book app on Android platform

12.09.17: A new app developed by the RSSB to assist rail staff using mobiles and tablets to do their job has now been officially launched on the Android platform. The Rule Book App allows workers to quickly and easily bring up the RSSB’s guidel...

An innovative approach to shaping the student experience

An innovative approach to shaping the student experience

04.09.17: Bill Templeton, head of apprentice development and University Technical College (UTC) lead for Network Rail, as well as a trustee and governor of the Sir Simon Milton Westminster University UTC, talks about the new college which specialises in s...

What keeps women from returning to rail?

What keeps women from returning to rail?

04.09.17: Adeline Ginn, founder of Women in Rail, calls on the industry to tackle the barriers stopping women from returning to work after a period of absence. Returning to work after a period of absence can be a somewhat daunting task for anyone. Wh...

Passengers brace for September chaos as RMT announces third triple strike

Passengers brace for September chaos as RMT announces third triple strike

21.08.17: The RMT’s ongoing saga with Southern, Merseyrail and Northern has marched on this week as strikes on all three TOCs were announced to take place at the start of September. On Southern and Northern, members of the union will strike for...

NR to offer new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway

NR to offer new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway

21.08.17: Network Rail is to double the number of apprenticeship opportunities it offers young people, whilst also introducing new apprenticeships in cyber security and digital railway. A total of 600 opportunities will be offered nationwide by the c...

RMT to ballot members over extending DOO dispute to Greater Anglia

RMT to ballot members over extending DOO dispute to Greater Anglia

14.08.17: RMT has today moved its new dispute with Greater Anglia forward as the union announced it will be balloting its members over the possibility of industrial action against the operator. The dispute relates to the roll-out of driver-only opera...

RMT calls on Grayling to urgently intervene in Southern dispute

RMT calls on Grayling to urgently intervene in Southern dispute

09.08.17: The RMT has put further pressure on transport secretary Chris Grayling today as it penned an open letter calling for “urgent intervention” in its dispute with Southern. Back in June, the RMT called for talks to be held as Grayli...

UK’s first certificate of higher education in high-speed rail launched

UK’s first certificate of higher education in high-speed rail launched

01.08.17: The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has launched the UK’s first Certificate of Higher Education (CHE) in high-speed rail and infrastructure. The new qualification was made in partnership with other organisations within th...

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and the advantages it offers over traditional rail systems. The VLR approach also aims to reduce road cong... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >