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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...

A rail good job

A rail good job

09.10.09: A new rail director has been appointed by Nexus, to control maintenance on the Tyne and Wear Metro. He said: “I’m excited and very proud to be joining Nexus. The Metro is a fantastic system and I’m delighted to have this o...

Cuts are coming

Cuts are coming

08.10.09: Today David Cameron gave one of the greatest performances of his life; he looked ready to become prime minister. He spoke with honesty about the need to rein in government spending to get the country back on track. However this honesty brin...

Charles Riley gets Invensys Rail job

Charles Riley gets Invensys Rail job

07.10.09: Invensys Rail, which provides railway control and communications technology to the rail industry, has announced that it has appointed Charles Riley as business solutions director. Charles got the rail job after working for an Invensys subsi...

Could tax breaks lead to more rail jobs?

Could tax breaks lead to more rail jobs?

06.10.09: Perhaps. The shadow chancellor has said that new businesses could be allowed to save on their NI contributions for the first ten employees in an effort to encourage start-ups. Of course this probably won’t have much of an affect...

More rail jobs for a safer future

More rail jobs for a safer future

05.10.09: Today we remember the victims of the Paddington rail crash; a terrible tragedy which must never happen again. However, given the current state of investment in rail, it could. It does not take a genius to work out that the financial restric...

Spare rail the cutter

Spare rail the cutter

02.10.09: It would seem that unless Gordon Brown can pull something spectacular out of the bag, the Conservatives will probably win the next election. However, whichever party wins reductions in public spending will have to be made and therefore we r...

Money from nowhere

Money from nowhere

01.10.09: Why, when Network Rail is having to make sweeping efficiency savings, can the government suddenly afford to keep hold of the East Coast Mainline? Where is this money coming from? A cynic could also ask the same question about the gover...

Siemens fills rolling stock rail job

Siemens fills rolling stock rail job

30.09.09: The company responsible for a large percentage of the rolling stock used on Britain’s railways has appointed a new member to its management team. Matthias Schlelein has been given the role of finance director of the company’...

Rail is rising

Rail is rising

29.09.09: The high-speed rail debate has probably been one of the best things to happen to the rail industry in a very long time. This debate has sparked the media’s imagination over what the country could achieve if it had the infrastructure to pr...

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Ep 10. We need to keep investing in rail, Kate Jennings

27/05/2020Ep 10. We need to keep investing in rail, Kate Jennings

Policy Director and Lead Coronavirus Response Co-Ordinator at RIA, Kate Jennings, joined host Matt Roberts on Track Talk to discuss how the rail ... more >
GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

26/05/2020GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) entire fleet of Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, plus stations and staff a... more >
ROI is up and Carbon is down: a new RTM experience

26/05/2020ROI is up and Carbon is down: a new RTM experience

The world has had to face changes and challenges in 2020 but Rail Technology Magazine began its next stage of evolution long before COVID-19 was ... 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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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 achievi... 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 >
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 >
Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >