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QTS Group acquires electrification specialists REL

Leading rail infrastructure engineering services provider, QTS Group Ltd (“QTS”), has completed the acquisition of Uddingston based rail electrification experts, Rail Electrification Limited (“REL”).The acquisition, which will see REL operate as a wholly owned...

New London Underground Piccadilly Line Trains

In March 2021, Sadiq Khan, Mayor of London and Michael Peter Global CEO of Siemens Mobility unveiled the design of the forthcoming Piccadilly line trains for London Underground.TfL commissioned Siemens to supply 94 nine-car...

Coming out of lockdown

As the country takes the next steps out of lockdown, rail companies are running more services and longer trains, increasing space to support social distancing as part of the rail industry’s safer travel pledge.To...

HS2 begins work on UK’s longest rail viaduct

Work has started on the UK’s longest railway bridge, with ground engineers sinking the first of almost 300 piles that will form the foundations for the Colne Valley Viaduct.The viaduct, which will carry the...

HS2 apprentice flies the flag for International Women’s Day

Nineteen-year-old Lisa-Marie from London is defying gender biases. As a civil engineering apprentice she was flying the flag for women and girls working in the construction sector to mark International Women’s Day.Lisa-Marie joined Mace...

‘There is always hope’ campaign launched

Young people have seen their mental health deteriorate the most since the pandemic began, according to new research from Network Rail and national mental health charity, Chasing the Stigma.Almost three quarters of 18-24-year-olds (69%)...

Colourful community art brightens up Bristol

Five local artists and artist groups have successfully covered up graffiti with a range of new vibrant artwork at Fox Park viaduct in Easton, Bristol.Network Rail and Severnside Community Rail Partnership jointly commissioned the...

Hull Trains returns with live tracker

Hull Trains has introduced new technology which publishes the level of passengers onboard in real time, to help make social-distanced travelling easier when services resume.This innovation allows passengers to check how busy the train...

A new beginning – Network Certification in a post-brexit UK

Malcolm Dobell sits down with Craig Young, NCB's Head of Business Development to see how NCB has flourished and its plans for the future.Network Certification Body Ltd (NCB) is an Assessment Body accredited by...

What does a Certification Body do?

The role of a Certification body was described in the March 2020 RailStaff article. What follows is their role in a post-Brexit world. Although it appears that it is a case of “plus ça...

White zone working is needed to change our rail safety culture!

30 year old track patroller fatally injured near surbiton and RAIB publish report on fatal accident to vision impaired passenger at Eden Park station.There was a euphoria about the pandemic vaccinations which has affected...

Is anyone really listening?

You can share your health and safety concerns with the right people who can take action, without having to reveal your identity.Think of a time you decided to keep your mouth shut. Perhaps you...

MPs raise concerns over Highways England’s ‘assault’ on legacy rail structures

The House of Commons Transport Committee has intervened in a row over Highways England’s intention of infilling or demolishing hundreds of disused railway structures, many of which have the potential to play roles in...

All Aboard The Million Hour Challenge

This spring marks the second anniversary of the Million Hour Challenge, encouraging rail staff to come together and donate their time and support TO Samaritans and improving mental health and wellbeing.The challenges that people...

Ribblehead viaduct repairs complete

Iconic structure benefits from sensitive remedial works over harsh winter.Since November 2020, 100ft high scaffolding towers have moved across seven of the viaduct’s 24 arches to carry out masonry, drainage and repainting work.The £2.1m...

Young Rail Professionals – Opportunity and Progress

Newly re-elected chairman of Young Rail Professionals is determined for the YRP to reach a bigger and more diverse audience than ever before.I’m delighted to be writing as the newly re-elected Chairman of Young...

Two appointments to RSG Council

The Rail Supply Group (RSG) have announced the appointment of two leading experts to its industry-wide Council, Jacqueline Starr, CEO of the Rail Delivery Group and Elaine Clark, CEO of the Rail Forum Midlands.Jacqueline...

Two new non-executive directors at Network Rail

Network Rail has appointed Ismail Amla and Stephen Duckworth OBE as non-executive directors to its Board, effective from 1 April 2021.Ismail and Stephen have considerable experience in both the public and private sectors, and...

New CEO for G&W UK

Genesee & Wyoming Inc. (G&W) the owner of Freightliner and Pentalver have announced the appointment of Eddie Aston as chief executive officer of its UK / Europe Region.Eddie joins from background DHL, where he...

On track to be a chaplain

Helen Lewis has joined Railway Mission as the Railway and British Transport Police Chaplain for South and Mid-Wales. She joins the railway industry as an experienced chaplain, having first gained experience as an outreach...

New PMO boss for Alstom

With the recent announcement of Alstom completing the acquisition of Bombardier Transportation, there had been little delay in appointing the Head of Procurement, Supply Chain Transformation and Governance. Helen Endacott, formerly of Rolls-Royce Plc...

KeolisAmey Metrolink strengthens commitment to employee safety

KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) has made it easier for its employees to speak up about health and safety concerns by becoming a member of CIRAS – the confidential health and safety reporting service for the...

On track to be a chaplain:

Recently Helen Lewis joined Railway Mission as the Railway and British Transport Police Chaplain for South and Mid-Wales.  She joins the railway industry as an experienced chaplain, having first gained experience as an outreach...

Vannin Solutions: A New Name in Permanent Recruitment

Founded by Ian Thomas and Victoria Hesketh in late 2020, Vannin Solutions are permanent recruitment specialists for the UK Rail Industry. Based in Ormskirk, Lancashire, they aim to establish themselves as the ‘go to’...