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RMT prepares to ballot members over Tyne and Wear Metro strikes

RMT prepares to ballot members over Tyne and Wear Metro strikes

25.01.18: The RMT is considering strike action on yet another network – the Tyne and Wear Metro in Newcastle. Following the union striking on Docklands Light Railway on New Year’s Eve and carrying out a string of strikes across five heavy...

Northern faces three days of strikes and shrunken timetable as talks break down

Northern faces three days of strikes and shrunken timetable as talks break down

05.01.18: The RMT union will launch three days of strike action on Northern Rail services next week, as talks over train guards have broken down once again. Strike action is set for 8, 10 and 12 January, and the operator has released a much-reduced t...

DfT has the widest gender pay gap of any government department

DfT has the widest gender pay gap of any government department

20.12.17: Women at the DfT are paid 16.9% less on average than men, the biggest difference of any department within government. The gap, revealed by new figures published this week, is significantly above the average for Whitehall departments which h...

NSAR rolls out pilot to close digital rail skills gap

NSAR rolls out pilot to close digital rail skills gap

18.12.17: The National Skills Academy Rail (NSAR) has been awarded a grant to encourage young unemployed adults into careers with digital rail. The grant, awarded by UFI Charitable Trust, will fund a pilot of “Trax,” a digital programme h...

Yorkshire authority supports union opposition to DOO trains

Yorkshire authority supports union opposition to DOO trains

11.12.17: The RMT has today welcomed support in their opposition to driver only operated (DOO) trains on Northern Rail services. The union has received support from West Yorkshire Combined Authority,  which covers Leeds, Bradford, York, Calderdale...

RMT to run 24-hour Merseyrail strike on Mad Friday

RMT to run 24-hour Merseyrail strike on Mad Friday

08.12.17: The RMT union has confirmed plans to hold 24 hours’ worth of strike action across Merseyrail services on 22 December, the Friday before Christmas. The announcement is the next in a long-running dispute between the union and several op...

Union threatens six days of strike on Virgin West Coast services

Union threatens six days of strike on Virgin West Coast services

29.11.17: Following a vote earlier this month, members of the RMT union working on Virgin West Coast services have announced six days of strike action in December and January. The dispute revolves around disparities between support staff and drivers...

Union to seek Liverpool metro mayor meeting

Union to seek Liverpool metro mayor meeting

24.11.17: The RMT has announced that it is seeking a meeting with Steve Rotherham, the mayor of Liverpool Combined Authority to urge him to intervene in its dispute with Merseyrail. Ongoing disputes between union members and the operator over pay and...

RSSB annual report: Membership increases despite DOO dispute

RSSB annual report: Membership increases despite DOO dispute

24.11.17: The Rail Safety and Standards Board has released its annual report, showing an increase in membership and greater usage of its developed tools. Over the past year, six organisations have become members of the RSSB, taking the total from 69...

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

Boosting workforce safety through design automation

17.11.17: David Shipman, innovations engineering manager in IP Signalling at Network Rail, makes the case for safeguarding the industry’s workforce through the innovative use of new technology. Reducing the safety risks our workforces are expos...

RMT Virgin West Coast support staff vote to strike over ‘workplace justice’

RMT Virgin West Coast support staff vote to strike over ‘workplace justice’

16.11.17: RMT members of Virgin West Coast services have today voted massively in favour of strike action in a dispute over pay. Out of 1,460 staff polled, 1,330 said they were prepared to take strike action over a disparity in pay between drivers an...

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

DfT pledges ‘a million inspiring experiences’ during 2018 Year of Engineering

16.11.17: The DfT has pledged to work alongside industry partners and MPs to offer young people “a million direct and inspiring experiences of engineering” in an effort to tackle the skills gap. Coming as part of the 2018 Year of Engineering...

ASLEF and Virgin to create ‘next generation of drivers’ with new apprentice scheme

ASLEF and Virgin to create ‘next generation of drivers’ with new apprentice scheme

15.11.17: ASLEF and Virgin Trains have started what they claim is the industry’s first-ever driver apprenticeship scheme launched by a train operator, which will take place over a year-long period. Initially the training programme attracted ove...

NR tackles skills shortage during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

NR tackles skills shortage during Tomorrow’s Engineers Week

13.11.17: Last week saw Network Rail graduates and students demonstrate their enthusiasm for STEM subjects in school. As part of Tomorrow’s Engineers Week (6 to 10 November), the volunteers visited schools to encourage children to consider car...

Testing tomorrow's technology today

Testing tomorrow's technology today

09.11.17: David Brazier, site manager and area sales manager for the UK & Ireland at OMICRON electronics, tells RTM’s Luana Salles about the major testing benefits the company’s new training academy will bring to the rail industry. In...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age of 16 in an electromechanical engineering organisation and most recently played a key role co-leading... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >