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GTR takes to the Supreme Court to block further Aslef strikes on Southern

GTR takes to the Supreme Court to block further Aslef strikes on Southern

12.01.17: After launching a failed legal challenge at the High Court in December and subsequently losing its appeal case at the Court of Appeal, Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is now taking its legal action against drivers’ union Aslef to the Suprem...

Southern grinds to a halt as another strike begins

Southern grinds to a halt as another strike begins

10.01.17: Southern has cancelled all trains again as another three days of drivers’ strikes by Aslef began. In revised action, the union will strike today, tomorrow and Friday, after initially announcing non-stop strikes from 9 to 14 January, i...

Businesses meet with Grayling to discuss end to south-east rail disruption

Businesses meet with Grayling to discuss end to south-east rail disruption

09.01.17: Members of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) have met with the transport secretary Chris Grayling and rail minister Paul Maynard today to discuss the ongoing rail disruption in the south-east, urging all parties involved to reach a “d...

GTR agrees to fresh talks with RMT over Southern dispute

GTR agrees to fresh talks with RMT over Southern dispute

09.01.17: Representatives of Southern and the RMT union have agreed to hold further talks in order to resolve the current strikes crippling the network. Charles Horton, chief executive of Southern’s operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), and...

Unions agree to meet with Grayling to discuss Southern dispute

Unions agree to meet with Grayling to discuss Southern dispute

05.01.17: A glimmer of hope has appeared in the industrial dispute on Southern Rail after unions accepted transport secretary Chris Grayling’s invitation for a direct meeting. RMT has held a series of strikes on Southern to try to stop the intr...

RMT to ballot members on Northern Rail strike action

RMT to ballot members on Northern Rail strike action

04.01.17: The RMT union has announced today that it will be balloting its members working on Northern Rail whether they wish to take strike action over an “unacceptable” pay offer from Arriva Rail North. Arriva was awarded the Northern fr...

Aslef cuts next week’s Southern strike, but warns it is ‘taking a longer-term view’

Aslef cuts next week’s Southern strike, but warns it is ‘taking a longer-term view’

04.01.17: The latest strike on Southern Railway, due to start next week, has been scaled down from six days to three. Aslef announced today that the drivers’ strike, originally meant to run from 9 to 14 January, would now only take place on 10...

Southern further imposes DOO as next Aslef strike looms

Southern further imposes DOO as next Aslef strike looms

03.01.17: Southern rail has today imposed its controversial policy of driver only operation (DOO), the policy which lies at the heart of the operator’s nine-month dispute with the RMT and Aslef. Drivers now close 70% of the operator’s tra...

Court of Appeal defends Aslef’s ‘fundamental’ right to strike

Court of Appeal defends Aslef’s ‘fundamental’ right to strike

22.12.16: The Court of Appeal has now published its reasons for refusing Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR’s) appeal against the High Court’s decision not to grant an injunction against Aslef’s right to take strike action over the is...

Crossrail documents reveal ‘lack of welfare’ for workers on site

Crossrail documents reveal ‘lack of welfare’ for workers on site

19.12.16: Workers helping to build certain sections of Crossrail’s extensive tunnels have faced volatile, cramped conditions and physical and mental exhaustion, internal documents released by the construction union Ucatt have revealed. An email...

Southern in line for more strikes as talks break down

Southern in line for more strikes as talks break down

15.12.16: Southern passengers have been warned to expect another day of cancelled services as talks between parent company Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Aslef failed to avert a strike. GTR resumed talks with the union yesterday after a 48-hour A...

Southern, Aslef and RMT holding Acas talks over strikes

Southern, Aslef and RMT holding Acas talks over strikes

14.12.16: GTR has agreed to hold formal talks with unions at conciliation service Acas in a bid to resolve the dispute on Southern Rail that has left commuter services at a standstill. Aslef announced the move on the first day of a 48-hour strike by...

Biggest disruption in 20 years as latest Southern strike kicks off

Biggest disruption in 20 years as latest Southern strike kicks off

13.12.16: Aslef’s involvement in the Southern rail strikes has brought the franchise’s services to a complete halt, making it the most disruptive strike on the British railway in more than 20 years. All of Southern’s 2,242 weekday s...

Khan calls for end to Southern strikes as GTR launches court appeal

Khan calls for end to Southern strikes as GTR launches court appeal

12.12.16: London mayor Sadiq Khan has called for unions to call off strike action on the troubled Southern network. Elsewhere, operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) confirmed that it will appeal against a legal ruling to try to stop the strike. ...

Rail industry leaders launch joined-up plan to tackle rail skills shortage

Rail industry leaders launch joined-up plan to tackle rail skills shortage

09.12.16: Rail industry leaders have announced the launch of the Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan, which aims to tackle the rail industry’s growing challenge in finding and training new recruits. The plan, developed in response to the governmen...

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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 >