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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...

RMT announces new strike to cause Grand National travel mayhem

RMT announces new strike to cause Grand National travel mayhem

22.03.17: The RMT has announced yet another strike on Merseyrail and Northern services to coincide with the Grand National on Saturday 8 April after negotiations broke down yesterday. The new industrial action sees the dispute between the union and r...

RMT and Merseyrail DOO dispute drags on as talks break down

RMT and Merseyrail DOO dispute drags on as talks break down

21.03.17: Talks between RMT and Merseyrail have broken down once again amidst claims from the union that the operator was intent on “collapsing” negotiations through their refusal to have a “serious or meaningful” negotiation. ...

Southern make RMT offer to end latest strike action

Southern make RMT offer to end latest strike action

20.03.17: Southern has offered to re-enter negotiations with the RMT to end the year-long dispute over driver-only-operated (DOO) trains on the condition that the union drop plans for further industrial action next month, it has been revealed. In a l...

Unprepared rail bodies at risk of losing out over looming apprenticeship levy changes

Unprepared rail bodies at risk of losing out over looming apprenticeship levy changes

17.03.17: Rail organisations could be hit hard by changes to the apprenticeship levy if they are unprepared for the changes that come in April, the chief executive of the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR), Neil Robertson, has warned. New regula...

Aslef agrees revised Southern deal, but RMT announces new strike

Aslef agrees revised Southern deal, but RMT announces new strike

16.03.17: For the second time this year, Aslef union leaders have agreed new terms to settle their dispute with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southern’s parent company – but the deal has yet to be put to wider members. In a statement, A...

Unions agree on two days of Night Tube strikes

Unions agree on two days of Night Tube strikes

16.03.17: Much like RMT, members of Aslef union have voted unanimously in favour of a Night Tube strike, with 100% agreeing with the proposed industrial action on a major 75% turnout. The news comes just a couple of days after RMT announced its own m...

iRail 2017: Hands-on approach highlights wide-ranging rail careers

iRail 2017: Hands-on approach highlights wide-ranging rail careers

15.03.17: The eighth annual iRail event took place yesterday at Derby’s Pride Park stadium, giving 12 groups of secondary school children the chance to take part in an interactive design challenge designed to inspire young people into careers in the...

Triple RMT strikes cause passenger disruption across UK rail network

Triple RMT strikes cause passenger disruption across UK rail network

13.03.17: Strikes across the nation’s railway today has caused disruption and difficulty for passengers, as RMT pressed ahead with its industrial action against rail operators. The dispute, which has now dragged on for almost a year in parts of...

HS2 starts hunt for talented apprentices

HS2 starts hunt for talented apprentices

10.03.17: The search has now begun for apprentices to work on HS2, as it was reiterated that HS2 Ltd plans to create around 2,000 places for talented young people wanting to break into the rail industry on the high-speed rail project. Successful appl...

Merseyrail injunction bid against RMT strike thrown out by High Court

Merseyrail injunction bid against RMT strike thrown out by High Court

10.03.17: Merseyrail’s bid for an injunction to block RMT’s planned strikes on Monday has been thrown out by the High Court, with the union now confirming that industrial action will still go ahead next week. In a statement, the operator...

NSAR welcomes ambitious T-level plans for vocational education

NSAR welcomes ambitious T-level plans for vocational education

09.03.17: Further investment will be put into technical education with the introduction of ‘T-Levels’ that were announced yesterday in the Spring Budget. The new programme is designed as an alternative to the further education routes into...

Are you ready for apprenticeship changes?

Are you ready for apprenticeship changes?

09.03.17: Dan Walker, head of apprenticeship delivery at National Training Academy for Rail (NTAR), explains how the organisation’s apprenticeship programmes are essential for employers who are serious about skills in the changing marketplace. ...

Looming RMT strike forces Northern to run just 40% of services

Looming RMT strike forces Northern to run just 40% of services

08.03.17: Northern has announced that it will only be able to run 40% of its usual schedule when union RMT go on strike on 13 March – operating approximately 980 services across “many, but not all” of its routes in the north. The op...

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Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

22/06/2018Up to 200 jobs at risk in Alstom Pendolino cuts

As many as 200 staff members could lose their jobs as one of the UK’s major train manufacturers looks to cut costs in its maintenance of th... more >
New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

22/06/2018New Hitachi Azuma parked by Stephenson’s Rocket in rare sneak peek

Those visiting the Great Exhibition of the North in Newcastle will have the rare chance to see Hitachi’s brand-new Azuma train from up clos... more >
Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

22/06/2018Expansion of rail ‘only viable option’ to grow UK cities

The expansion of rail is the “only viable option” to grow UK cities and allow them to achieve their economic potential, a new report ... 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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Why the rail industry needs more women

22/06/2018Why the rail industry needs more women

Anesha Rachel Malhan, one of the learners at the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), discusses her experience as the only woman at her ... more >
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 >

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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 >