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Across Rail Technology Magazine’s The Sleeper Blog, you’ll find insightful analysis, opinions, and news from a collection of RTM’s guest bloggers, editorial board members, in-house reporters, and regular contributors.

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Coming in First place…

Coming in First place…

29.10.09: First GBRf has appointed Phil Amos to a new rail job, as market manager in Rail Services. Phil, who has had a job in rail at First GBRf for the last seven years, will be taking on responsibility for all of First GBRf’s commercial acti...

1300 construction rail jobs that could have been

1300 construction rail jobs that could have been

28.10.09: One decision by the Scottish Government, who is controlled by the SNP, has cost Scotland 1300 construction rail jobs. That decision was to scrap the construction of the Glasgow Airport Rail Link and has led to the Scottish Government coming...

Hope for Ilford rail jobs

Hope for Ilford rail jobs

27.10.09: It has been reported that losses at the Bombardier workshop in Ilford may not be as bad as once thought. As a consequence of union talks, Bombardier have reportedly increased the number of rail jobs to be saved, along with agreeing to inves...

Thank god for Britain’s rail safety record

Thank god for Britain’s rail safety record

26.10.09: On hearing the news of two awful train crashes, one in northern India and one on Egypt, I was filled with a series of emotions; pity for the victims and their families, along with relief that Britain’s railways are amongst the safest in th...

Grabbing headlines is a dangerous game

Grabbing headlines is a dangerous game

23.10.09: My heart leapt in my chest when I saw the RMT press release claiming that Network Rail was planning to shed 13,000 rail jobs and then re-employ a smaller amount. Of course Network Rail have vehemently denied this accusation; however the ide...

Strikes; the way to end an industry?

Strikes; the way to end an industry?

22.10.09: Whilst reading about the Royal Mail strikes today I began to wonder if striking has ever done an industry any good? If you consider the industries which were famous for striking; coal, steel and car manufacturing, they have now all but...

Bringing fresh talent to the rails

Bringing fresh talent to the rails

21.10.09: It is marvellous news that Network Rail has taken on 220 new graduates and will be expanding its workforce. However, it seems to be in direct contradiction of the 1800 redundancies which are happening and so sends out a mixed message. ...

On a road to nowhere?

On a road to nowhere?

20.10.09: There have been some fairly vicious comments being made ever since the publication of the report, put together by the Tax Payer’s Alliance and the Driver’s Alliance, which questions the amount of public money spent on roads and on ra...

Leaf delays down

Leaf delays down

19.10.09: Network Rail is to be quizzed next month by MPs over its decision to cut around 1800 rail jobs in an effort to reduce its expenditure. The not-for-profit company will have to face questioning from the House of Commons Transport Select Co...

Quiz over rail job losses

Quiz over rail job losses

16.10.09: Network Rail is to be quizzed next month by MPs over its decision to cut around 1800 rail jobs in an effort to reduce its expenditure. The not-for-profit company will have to face questioning from the House of Commons Transport Select Co...

Eurostar reports ticket sales up 6.8%

Eurostar reports ticket sales up 6.8%

15.10.09: Eurostar, the provider of high-speed, carbon neutral rail journeys between the UK and the continent, has announced its Quarter 3 2009 results which report some recovery in sales. Whilst sales and revenues for the year to date are down sligh...

Birkenhead maintenance staff get a brand new roof

Birkenhead maintenance staff get a brand new roof

14.10.09: Train maintenance staff at Merseyrail’s Birkenhead depot are now working in brighter, drier conditions thanks to a new £2.5m roof over their heads which has been installed without any disruption to train maintenance. The nine-mo...

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

14.10.09: Train maintenance staff at Merseyrail’s Birkenhead depot are now working in brighter, drier conditions thanks to a new £2.5m roof over their heads which has been installed without any disruption to train maintenance. The nine-mo...

Crossing the line?

Crossing the line?

13.10.09: Network Rail has begun a renewed attack on those who misuse level crossing in an effort to bring down the number of casualties which result from misuse. However there has been criticism of Network Rail in Scotland, where the Rail Accident I...

Politicians everywhere for the next seven and half months

Politicians everywhere for the next seven and half months

12.10.09: Isn’t it funny how politicians suddenly care about us all again? Could it be anything to do with the fact there is an election next year perhaps? Nick Clegg of the Liberal Democrats has been visiting rail companies in an effort to s...

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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

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Changing the London skyline with HS2

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Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

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In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... 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 TOC, gives RTM an update on the innovative scheme. Recognising that young people are more likely to take a risk trespassing on railway tracks, CrossCountry and the Scouts have come together to encourage Britain’s younger generations to be... more > more last word articles >
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The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

26/03/2019The vision of England's Economic Heartland's Strategic Transport Forum

Dave Hodgson, elected mayor of Bedford Borough Council and chair of England’s Economic Heartland’s Strategic Transport Forum, sets out his vision for the future of rail in light of the Rail Review, whilst highlighting the economic significance of the region. As the sub-national transport body (STB) for the Oxford-Cambridge gro... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

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After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

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Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >
Exclusive: Midlands Connect and WMRE talk collaboration and investment in the Midlands' railway

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In the jigsaw puzzle of regional transport decision-making, there must be collaboration and compromise. Midlands Connect media lead James Bovill ... more >