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Rail: A woman’s world

Rail: A woman’s world

18.05.18: RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issue of gender diversity in rail. Last month, on International Women’s Day, the iconic St Pa...

Line manager training could reduce mental health absences

Line manager training could reduce mental health absences

14.05.18: Poor line management training and support could be causing poorer mental health amongst rail staff, according to the Rail Safety and Stands Board (RSSB), as Mental Health Awareness Week kicks off. The Centre for Mental Health estimates that a t...

More reduced services for passengers in RMT walkout as guard debate rolls on

More reduced services for passengers in RMT walkout as guard debate rolls on

09.05.18: RMT members of two major rail operators have walked out today in planned strikes as a result of the polarising debate of a guard’s role on trains. Members will walk out of Greater Anglia and Northern Rail services for 24 hours. Arriva...

Reaching your full potential

Reaching your full potential

09.05.18: Bill Kelly, acting route managing director for Network Rail in Wales and Borders, discusses the successes of the country’s well-established apprenticeship scheme. Apprentices are the future of Network Rail, which is why we invest so m...

TfL to introduce gender equality measures after 20% pay gap revealed

TfL to introduce gender equality measures after 20% pay gap revealed

20.03.18: Transport for London (TfL) will introduce new measures to “remove barriers” to women in top roles, after figures released this week showed that men were paid a staggering 20% more on average. The transport body suffers from one...

More than four in five women have never considered work in the rail industry

More than four in five women have never considered work in the rail industry

09.03.18: Women’s perception of the rail industry mean that they could miss out on a jobs boost that will see over 100,000 job opportunities created across Britain’s railway by 2027, the Rail Delivery Group has warned. In October ambitious pl...

Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

Jobs secured as Amey acquires NR’s Carillion contracts

22.02.18: Over 700 jobs have been safeguarded as Carillion’s Network Rail contracts have been acquired by Amey Rail Ltd. The transfers come after Carillion went into liquidation last month, and will provide reassurance to many in the industry, as w...

RSSB: Industry should adopt collaborative ‘just culture’ for managing staff

RSSB: Industry should adopt collaborative ‘just culture’ for managing staff

07.02.18: Rail companies should stop blaming staff for incidents and instead focus on understanding how they perform at work, new guidance has advised. Published today by the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the new guidance argues that instead of...

NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

NCHSR: The possibilities are limitless

06.02.18: The National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR) has been gifted with a brand-new lab dedicated to surveying and scanning technologies designed to further strengthen the next generation of engineers. RTM’s Luana Salles reports. The fa...

Network Rail confirms pay-out to 300 suppliers over Carillion collapse

Network Rail confirms pay-out to 300 suppliers over Carillion collapse

26.01.18: Network Rail has today confirmed that it will be paying out arrears on around 300 of the rail contracts Carillion was involved in before going into liquidation. The infrastructure manager says its agreement to pay many “small rail sup...

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...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecting the North through TRU, HS2, NPR and the supply chain opportunities available, ahead of this Octob... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >