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Skills challenge: From strategy to action

Skills challenge: From strategy to action

24.01.17: Elaine Clark, manager of Rail Forum East Midlands (RFEM), explains how the region is already taking innovative action to tackle the national skills shortage. The skills shortages in the rail industry have been well documented for some time....

A one-industry call for skills development

A one-industry call for skills development

20.01.17: At the launch of the new Rail Sector Skills Delivery Plan in December, key industry figures got together to outline how the major strategy will seek to address rail’s workforce gaps through clear, tangible and deliverable pledges. Luana Sa...

RMT agrees revised pay deal with Northern

RMT agrees revised pay deal with Northern

18.01.17: The RMT has agreed a revised deal with Northern over worker pay, leading the union to halt its current vote for industrial action against the franchise. The rail union started balloting its members two weeks ago on whether they wished to ta...

Aslef offers to suspend Southern strikes for talks

Aslef offers to suspend Southern strikes for talks

17.01.17: The railway drivers’ union Aslef has offered to suspend its industrial action on Southern rail next week if the operator agrees to new talks hosted by the Trades Union Congress (TUC). Drivers were due to strike next week on 24, 25 and...

‘Saga of strike misery’ to continue as RMT plans 23 January action on Southern

‘Saga of strike misery’ to continue as RMT plans 23 January action on Southern

12.01.17: The RMT has announced that guards on Southern will hold another 24-hour strike on 23 January as the union’s dispute with Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) presses on. The action marks the latest development in the long-running row over S...

RMT extends DOO dispute to Northern and Merseyrail

RMT extends DOO dispute to Northern and Merseyrail

12.01.17: The RMT has widened its dispute with Northern Rail as it has given the franchise’s operator Arriva Rail North two weeks to clarify whether trains will retain their guards or risk dispute. The union is already balloting its members for...

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...

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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 >