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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...

Liverpool Lime Street reopens early following collapsed wall repairs

Liverpool Lime Street reopens early following collapsed wall repairs

08.03.17: Liverpool Lime Street has reopened to trains today, 24 hours ahead of schedule, after a rail side section of trackside wall collapsed on Tuesday 28 February, blocking all four tracks leading in and out of the station. Rubble on the tracks c...

New NSAR scheme to improve skills recruitment and apprenticeship management

New NSAR scheme to improve skills recruitment and apprenticeship management

07.03.17: A new system that manages the placement of apprentices, graduates and students in the rail industry has been launched by the National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) and has already garnered the backing of 20 major rail heavyweights, including Tr...

NR launches ‘20 by 20’ scheme to inspire greater gender diversity in workforce

NR launches ‘20 by 20’ scheme to inspire greater gender diversity in workforce

06.03.17: A new programme has been launched by Network Rail (NR), setting a target to increase the number of women working in the industry by 20% by 2020 in an effort to involve more women in the male-dominated workforce. The scheme, ‘20 by 20&...

RMT vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike against Merseyrail and Northern

RMT vote overwhelmingly in favour of strike against Merseyrail and Northern

28.02.17: RMT have today confirmed that they will take strike action against Northern and Merseyrail for their stance on driver-only operated (DOO) trains after their members voted overwhelmingly 81.8% in favour of the proposal.  Ballots op...

RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

RMT calls for urgent talks with Southern to end guards dispute

24.02.17: Rail union RMT has called for urgent talks to be resumed with Southern in a bid to bring its long running dispute about guards on trains to an end after months of the bitter feud. The news comes as RMT executives prepare to meet next Tuesda...

Intertrain: ready for the future

Intertrain: ready for the future

23.02.17: RTM recently attended Intertrain’s ‘Driving for Success’ event in Doncaster, where leaders from major players such as Carillion and Babcock got together to celebrate the company’s latest cohort of rail apprentices. Luana...

Aslef members reject Southern deal as further strike looms

Aslef members reject Southern deal as further strike looms

16.02.17: Aslef drivers have voted to reject a proposed resolution with Southern, therefore failing to put an end to the bitter 10-month dispute between the operator and rail trade unions.  The union’s referendum result comes a day after R...

RMT announce strikes as talks with ‘pig-headed’ Southern break down

RMT announce strikes as talks with ‘pig-headed’ Southern break down

15.02.17: Talks between Southern and rail union RMT broke down once again yesterday without either party being able to agree on acceptable terms, as it was announced today that there would be more strike action taking place next Wednesday 22 February.&nbs...

NTAR showcases VR tech training to rail minister

NTAR showcases VR tech training to rail minister

13.02.17: New virtual reality technology currently being used to train the next generation of engineers was put on show for the rail minister, Paul Maynard, when he visited NTAR’s Northampton base last week. NTAR provides up to 20,000 man days...

Aslef and GTR provisionally agree to end Southern row

Aslef and GTR provisionally agree to end Southern row

02.02.17: Rail drivers’ union Aslef and Southern owners Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) have reached a provisional agreement which could potentially end the pair’s long-running dispute and relieve pressure on the beleaguered franchise. Asl...

Northern offers reassurance to RMT over DCO

Northern offers reassurance to RMT over DCO

27.01.17: The RMT union has received confirmation from Northern that the company is willing to guarantee the union a second staff member on board its trains. The union is now seeking a meeting with the company, run by Arriva Rail North, to come with...

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Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

13/08/2018Grayling gives green light to Network Rail ECML improvements

Plans to improve the East Coast Main Line (ECML) have been given the go-ahead by the transport secretary as part of Network Rail’s Railway ... more >
Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

13/08/2018Rail fare rise on the way as mayors call for cost freeze in the north

Two north-west mayors have called for a freeze on rail fares in the north after national fees on networks are set to rise by 3.5% next year. ... more >
Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

10/08/2018Ex-Carillion boss to take over £2.5bn Balfour Beatty Vinci HS2 contracts

The former boss of Carillion’s UK infrastructure business is set to take over Balfour Beatty Vinci to lead its HS2 joint venture. Mark... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, parents should hire a careers adviser. Very funny at the time, but six years on, she could say the same.... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... 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 >