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National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

National Skills Academy for Rail appoints new Chair

09 July 2020The National Skills Academy for Rail (NSAR) have today (July 9th) announcement the appointment of their new Chair, Dyan Crowther, Chief Executive of HS1, effective from June 23rd 2020. NSAR said Dyan’s industry experience at a senior level...

The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

The rail industry responds to Chancellor’s statement

09 July 2020Yesterday (July 8th) Chancellor of the Exchequer, Rishi Sunak, announced the details of his ‘Plan for Jobs’ that will enhance the UK’s recovery from the Covid-19 outbreak. He detailed a package of measures to support jobs, give...

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

Network Rail backing revolutionary rail ideas

08 July 2020Network Rail is supporting 11 of the 25 winning entrants of the Government’s £9.4m First of a Kind (FOAK) 2020 competition to deliver a better, more dependable and efficient railway for passengers and freight users. Funded by the Depa...

SWR launches campaign in support of local businesses

SWR launches campaign in support of local businesses

06 July 2020South Western Railway (SWR) has launched a campaign to celebrate and generate support for local businesses across the region. Covid-19 has hit local businesses hard and with restrictions now easing, it has never been more important to support the...

SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02 July 2020South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn transformation of suburban travel. The 10 car ‘Train 6’ will become the focus of training...

HS2 recruiting for hundreds of construction jobs

HS2 recruiting for hundreds of construction jobs

30 June 2020Hundreds of new jobs have been announced today (June 30) at HS2 Ltd, across a broad range of disciplines, from engineering and project management to land and property, procurement and commercial. These are just a few amongst those to be advertise...

Network Rail promotes Women in Engineering Day following findings

Network Rail promotes Women in Engineering Day following findings

23 June 2020Today (June 23rd) marks Women in Engineering Day and to mark the occasion Network Rail is promoting the contributions of women in engineering as new research has exhibited a lack of female role models within Science, Technology, Engineering and Ma...

Government funding awarded to revolutionary rail projects

Government funding awarded to revolutionary rail projects

17 June 2020The Department for Transport, in partnership with Innovate UK, has today (June 17th) announced 25 pioneering projects have been awarded a share of £9.4m in the 2020 First of a Kind (FOAK) competition, which encourages innovation in the rail...

New West Midlands railway signallers training facility

New West Midlands railway signallers training facility

12 June 2020New signalling training facilities have been opened at Walsall training centre and Birmingham’s New Street signal box. The signalling simulators, which shadow real-life scenarios faced on the railway every day, are already being used to del...

Railway station announcements taken over by key workers and school children

11 June 2020From today (June 11th) rail travellers will be hearing station announcements from other key workers, thanking them for only taking the train if it’s necessary and for following public health advice. The new station announcements come ahead...

Railway station announcements taken over by key workers and school children

Railway station announcements taken over by key workers and school children

11 June 2020From today (June 11th) rail travellers will be hearing station announcements from other key workers, thanking them for only taking the train if it’s necessary and for following public health advice. The new station announcements come ahead...

Ep.12 Diversity, inclusion & gender balance, Adeline Ginn MBE

Ep.12 Diversity, inclusion & gender balance, Adeline Ginn MBE

05 June 2020Adeline Ginn MBE, Founder & Chair of Women in Rail, joined host Ailsa Cowen for episode 12 of Rail Technology Magazine’s podcast, Track Talk, to discuss all things gender balance, diversity and inclusion. The charity WIR have played an...

GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

GTR uses 30-day Coronavirus killer to help protect passengers and colleagues

26 May 2020Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) entire fleet of Thameslink, Southern, Great Northern and Gatwick Express trains, plus stations and staff areas have been treated with a powerful new viruscide which sticks to surfaces, killing Coronavirus for...

Network Rail worker donates PPE to Northumberland school

Network Rail worker donates PPE to Northumberland school

26 May 2020A Network Rail worker in the North East has donated spare personal protective equipment (PPE) to Collingwood School in Morpeth so children with additional needs can safely continue vital education during the Covid-19 outbreak. Malcolm Tait is a M...

Greater Anglia appoints environment and energy manager

Greater Anglia appoints environment and energy manager

22 May 2020Rail operator, Greater Anglia, has appointed a new Environment and Energy Manager to support its sustainability goals and raise awareness of environmental issues within the railway. Before taking on her new role, Stephanie Evans worked for two un...

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Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

13/07/2020Avanti West Coast upgrades Voyager fleet

Following an £8.3m deal which was signed with Bombardier last year, the 20 Voyagers, which operate over the non-electrified sections of the... more >
Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

13/07/2020Two weeks of Midland Main Line improvement work

As vital work continues on the £1.5bn Midland Main Line Upgrade, passengers who have to travel over the next two weekends are being urged b... more >
HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

13/07/2020HS2 uncovers Iron Age discoveries

During the excavation work at Wellwick Farm near Wendover, archaeologists working on the HS2 project in Buckinghamshire have discovered a skeleto... 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 >