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‘Broken’ rail complaints system failing to deal with passengers effectively or even with ‘basic courtesy’

‘Broken’ rail complaints system failing to deal with passengers effectively or even with ‘basic courtesy’

14.11.18: The rail complaints system is “broken” and train companies are failing to deal with passenger complaints effectively or even with “basic courtesy,” new analysis has revealed. An investigation by Which? found that les...

Challenging the perceptions of rail

Challenging the perceptions of rail

13.11.18: Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’s view of rail.  We are living in an age of significant public cynicism about rail. The ti...

Crystal balls for Brexit

Crystal balls for Brexit

06.11.18: Neil Robertson, chief executive of NSAR, starts a frank conversation about Brexit. Have you noticed how it is almost impossible to have a sensible debate on the impacts of Brexit? The rules seem to be: take a firm, preferably dogmatic, posi...

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

HS2 engineering consultancy relocates to new £7m Birmingham headquarters

06.11.18: The engineering company responsible of the redesign and delivery of HS2’s Curzon Street Station has completed its relocation into its new £7m Birmingham headquarters. WSP, a global engineering consultancy, moved over 700 staff f...

RSSB appoints two new directors in bid to become more customer and business focused

RSSB appoints two new directors in bid to become more customer and business focused

06.11.18: Two new directors have joined the Rail Safety and Standards Board as the company says it wants to become more customer and business focused. Caroline Fawcett, who has over 25 years in marketing and customer experience roles, joins the board...

Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response

Watchdog forced to postpone closure of London Overground ticket offices after ‘unprecedented and overwhelming’ response

24.10.18: The closure of 51 London Overground ticket offices has been put on hold by London TravelWatch after a campaign by the RMT union. The watchdog was forced to temporarily suspended the plans after they received over 7,500 objections from passe...

Inclusive rail training guide to help remove barriers around learning

Inclusive rail training guide to help remove barriers around learning

10.10.18: Network Rail have released a new guide to inclusivity in rail in a bid to establish best practice, standards, and guidelines to inclusive training. The ‘everyone matters guide to inclusive learning’ handbook looks at establishin...

Talgo announces shortlist for first UK base and 1,000 new jobs

Talgo announces shortlist for first UK base and 1,000 new jobs

09.10.18: Talgo has announced that a Welsh port is in the running to be the Spanish train manufacturer’s first UK base, potentially creating up to 1,000 jobs. Mostyn Port in Flintshire has been shortlisted, as reported by the BBC, alongside thr...

Role models need to promote rail careers ‘in an incredibly different way’

Role models need to promote rail careers ‘in an incredibly different way’

09.10.18: Everyone in the rail industry needs to be doing more to attract and inspire the next generation of professionals – and they all have to do it in an “incredibly different way.” Those are the views of the leaders who took pa...

ORR appoints interim chief executive to replace Whitehall-bound boss

ORR appoints interim chief executive to replace Whitehall-bound boss

03.10.18: The rail regulator has announced its interim chief executive to replace Joanna Whittington as she moves into a government role. The ORR has appointed John Larkinson, current director of Railway Markets and Economics, as interim chief execut...

Former Network Rail boss appointed as MD and chairman of Bombardier UK

Former Network Rail boss appointed as MD and chairman of Bombardier UK

27.09.18: Former Network Rail boss Phil Hufton has been appointed as Bombardier Transportation UK’s MD and chairman of its board. Hufton joins Bombardier from Network Rail, where he was managing director across England and Wales. He joined the...

RMT launches campaign to stop closures of London Overground ticket offices

RMT launches campaign to stop closures of London Overground ticket offices

25.09.18: The RMT has launched a campaign to prevent the closure of 51 London Overground ticket offices. Arriva Rail London, which runs Transport for London’s (TfL) overground services, is planning to shut down 51 stations across the London Ove...

Why we all must mind the gap

Why we all must mind the gap

18.09.18: Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation of talented engineers are not only equipped with the skills necessary for major infrastructure proj...

Second staff member on new Merseyrail trains could cost £7m and lead to fare rises

Second staff member on new Merseyrail trains could cost £7m and lead to fare rises

17.09.18: The cost of having a second member of staff onboard Merseyrail’s new fleet could cost as much as £7m a year in operating expenditure, according to a report published ahead of Liverpool City Region Combined Authority’s Friday bo...

Hull Trains’ Louise Mendham appointed as director after 14 years of delivery

Hull Trains’ Louise Mendham appointed as director after 14 years of delivery

14.09.18: Louise Mendham has been appointed as the new production director of Hull Trains after 14 years of successful delivery at the company. The long serving member of Hull Trains joined as operational support in 2004 and will now join the executi...

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High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

27/02/2020High-speed rail promised for the North by HS2 Minister

At the beginning of February, Prime Minister Boris Johnson announced that HS2 will go ahead and the London-Birmingham phase will commence immedia... more >
New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

26/02/2020New research partnership announced between University of Birmingham and Siemens Mobility Ltd

Siemens Mobility Limited and the University of Birmingham have announced a new, academic framework research partnership, strengthening the relati... more >
Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

26/02/2020Hull Trains are the only UK operator with an entirely new fleet

The UK’s smallest rail operator, Hull Trains, is the only company which can promise every journey will be on a brand new, world-class train... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achieving those visions. With a much greater, interconnected network of data available to the engineers and... 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 >