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Getting on the right track

19.02.08: Despite a claimed commitment to tackling climate change, the government are still doing little to encourage a modal shift towards more environmentally sustainable modes of transport, says Norman Baker, shadow secretary of state for transport for...

Engineering works overrun

03.01.08: West Coast Network Rail has confirmed that works to reopen the West Coast at Rugby are continuing and the route will now not reopen on Thursday, 3 January. The critical issue is a shortage of specialist engineering and contractor staff...

First GBRf’s new depot in March reduces light engine movements

06.12.07: Leading freight haulier First GBRf, in conjunction with Electro-Motive Services International Ltd (EMSI), have opened a new maintenance depot in March, Cambridgeshire, to service part of its Class 66 locomotive fleet. The depot in East Angl...

Clear drains, clear track

14.11.07: When the rail industry has drainage problems, Complete Drain Clearance have the answers. Formed over nine years ago, they have developed into the rail industry’s ‘best of breed’ drainage trouble shooter. Fully Link-up and third...

Every decision counts

14.11.07: "The longest journeys often start with the smallest steps" says Jon Hart of law firm Pinsent Masons. Rail work beneath the streets of London has been grabbing a significant proportion of column inches in the press over the last few weeks. ...

Remote access system helps ‘fast track’ railway engineering projects

13.11.07: AEP Netilla Security Platform provides secure remote access to critical design and planning systems at First Engineering Secure remote access technology is helping First Engineering, the UK rail services company, to mobilize project managem...

Firstco delivers UK's largest Allen-Bradley SIL2 ControLogix project

24.07.07: Firstco, one of the UK's leading technical consultancy, project management and systems integration specialists, has just completed the customer factory acceptance testing of a ControLogix PLC system that is believed to be one of the largest of i...

Full steam ahead for GVA Grimley

24.07.07: GVA Grimley, has once again used its expert knowledge in the field to find a successful solution and ultimately dispose of a number of deteriorating locomotives and coaches which were formerly operated by Derby-based Fragonset Railways Ltd - the...

Successful wheel flange lubrication launch

24.07.07: The successful launch and live trials of the Rowe Hankins Components intelligent wheel flange lubrication system (iWFLS) has aroused strong interest in the rail industry. This has prompted the company to plan two further demonstration days...

Rail project benefits from a personnel approach

01.05.07: The UK’s rail network is one of the oldest in the world. In spite of its age, constant improvement and maintenance programmes ensure that it is more than capable of serving 21st century needs. As part of this ongoing improvement progr...

3M steps up the war on graffiti

01.03.07: Rail commuters could soon experience graffiti-free travel zones thanks to a product innovation from 3M. In stark contrast to conventional time consuming and invariably unpredictable methods of graffiti removal from painted interior surfaces, 3M...

PB to project manage Mumbai Metro development

01.03.07: The planned development of an 11.5 km-long Metro rail system in Mumbai is to be project managed by leading international engineering consultancy Parsons Brinckerhoff (PB), in joint venture with Systra (SA France). Reliance Energy Ltd has appoint...

EuroChemi Provides Advanced De-Icing Solution

01.11.06: EuroChemi, an innovative supplier of chemical cleaning and maintenance products to the Rail Industry, has developed a technologically advanced defrosting agent, Arctic Melt. The all in one de-icing solution offers excellent adhesion to platforms...

There is still time for transport industry companies to arrange flu vaccinations for their employees before winter

There is still time for transport industry companies to arrange flu vaccinations for their employees before winter

01.11.06: Workplace health specialist Medicals Direct says that, whilst its vaccination programme started in September, it can still accommodate additional group bookings for the coming weeks – and many employers are opting to invest in flu protecti...

New look for Giffen Group

01.09.06: Specialist electrical services contractor, Giffen Group, has recently introduced an evolved brand identity. In an industry that has seen significant change Giffen Group is one of the longest established businesses with origins dating back to 190...

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Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

18/06/2019Record number of passenger journeys as UK rail revenue rises to four-year high

Record figures of rail passenger journeys have been recorded in England, Scotland and Wales, according to the most recen... more >
Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

18/06/2019Rail union Aslef launches 'On Track with Diversity' report at Houses of Parliament

Train drivers’ union Aslef launched its On Track with Diversity report at the Houses of Parliament on Monday,... more >
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 t... 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 o... 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 >