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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...

HS2: the catalyst for diversity

HS2: the catalyst for diversity

17.07.17: RTM’s Josh Mines reports on how HS2 Ltd expects its supply chain to remove barriers to inclusion to build capacity and widen access. Efforts to diversify the rail industry are being slowly, if not in some places rather reluctantly, mo...

NSAR launches National Training Partnership to drive skills in rail

NSAR launches National Training Partnership to drive skills in rail

14.07.17: A new skills initiative to help meet the growing demand for new talent across the rail sector has been launched this week by the National Skills Academy Rail (NSAR). The ‘National Training Partnership’ programme will aim to brin...

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...

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TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 Metrolink stations

21/09/2017TfGM gets to work on upgrades at 25 Metrolink stations

Major work to upgrade stations across Manchester’s Metrolink network has kicked off this week. This first phase will see customer info... more >
Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

21/09/2017Strategy developed to drive forward rail devolution agenda

A strategy has been set out by urban transport authorities that explains how government and transport bodies should work together to deliver inte... more >
NR starts £4.2m refurb of 134-year-old South Esk viaduct

21/09/2017NR starts £4.2m refurb of 134-year-old South Esk viaduct

Work has started this week on the £4.2m refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose, it has been revealed. The impressive struc... more >

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04/09/2017A series of incredible events

There are a couple of announcements I’d like to make in this editor’s comment, which I believe could be very beneficial to many of our readers.  Firstly, the deadline is fast approaching to enter the UK Rail Industry Awards (UKRIA), which will take place on 22 March 2018 at Battersea Evolution in London.  Now in its fifth year, UKRIA continues to bring together the leaders and decision-makers running the rail ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

19/09/2017UKRIA 2018: Meet the judging panel

With just under a week left to get your applications in for the rail industry’s biggest awards event, UKRIA, it seems like the perfect time to introduce the huge names that are making up our judging panel this year. The most exciting addition to the senior pan-industry panel this year is one of the most recognisable names in the industry – Sir Peter Hendy, chairman of Network Rail. Sir Peter, who has also worked as TfL ... more >
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Wirral loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

21/09/2017Wirral loop: ‘one industry’ approach to minimise disruption

Wayne Menzies, head of rail for Merseytravel and chair of the Liverpool City Region’s Major Events Transport Board, discusses the recently ... more >
Crossrail: track installation complete

21/09/2017Crossrail: track installation complete

Chris Enoch, Crossrail’s railway systems project manager, discusses the complexities in the design and installation of the track system on ... more >
Ballast or slab?

21/09/2017Ballast or slab?

As HS2 moves forward, William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering and dean of the Faculty of Engineering and the Environment at the Uni... more >
A network of training excellence

18/09/2017A network of training excellence

Writing on behalf of the Training Alliance, Simon Rennie runs through the early results of a tight-knit collaboration agreement between key rail ... more >

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Pushing forward with EWR plans

21/09/2017Pushing forward with EWR plans

Andy Free, head of engineering assurance at East West Rail (EWR) Alliance, discusses the recent round two public consultation on the plans for th... more >