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Network Rail & Bombardier offering work experience for students

Network Rail & Bombardier offering work experience for students

14 September 2020In response to numerous students deferring their higher education place this year, due to the Covid-19 outbreak, the government have assembled the Higher Education Taskforce, led by the Universities Minister. The Taskforce has worked to offer stu...

Hitachi Rail: Five years at flagship factory in the North East

Hitachi Rail: Five years at flagship factory in the North East

07 September 2020September marks five years of operation for Hitachi Rail’s North East home in Newton Aycliffe.   Since then, the team has since built 192 trains, which are now in service in the UK. This includes the Class 800/801/802 Intercity Expres...

HS2 publish annual equality, diversity and inclusion report

HS2 publish annual equality, diversity and inclusion report

07 August 2020Today (8 Aug) HS2 Ltd have released their annual report which details their equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) work. The report also illustrates the impact of their work across their workforce, supply chain, design and operations, and commun...

All of Britain’s rail companies to adopt Sunflower lanyard scheme

All of Britain’s rail companies to adopt Sunflower lanyard scheme

28 July 2020Network Rail and all of Britain’s train operators have signed up to the Sunflower scheme, which aims to help people with non-visible disabilities to discreetly let others know that they may need more support, time or assistance. The scheme...

HS2 commits to better employment outcomes for BAME workers

HS2 commits to better employment outcomes for BAME workers

22 July 2020The High-Speed Rail project is in a well-placed position to play a leading role in embedding the principles of the Charter, being set to support 30,000 jobs at peak constriction. This is to build on the work of the 2017 McGregor-Smith Review, &ls...

HS2 virtual work experience for young people

HS2 virtual work experience for young people

15 July 2020As part of their dedicated programme of school engagement and education activity, HS2 offers work experience placements to students every year to help them get first-hand experience of life in the workplace on Europe’s largest engineering pr...

Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

14 July 2020A DIY store in Exeter has been transformed into a new Nightingale Hospital thanks to the help of 60 Network Rail workers. The Nightingale Hospital in Sowton Industrial Estate is now ready to treat patients following a huge effort by volunteers. ...

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...

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Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

25/09/2020Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, highlighting his... more >
Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25/09/2020Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17... more >
£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24/09/2020£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route int... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. Rail travel forms an important part of any national transport network for both passengers and freig... 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 >