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Preparations well underway for Railtex/Infrarail – the meeting place for the rail industry in 2021

From 7 – 9 September 2021, Railtex/Infrarail will gather the whole railway industry together in Birmingham. It will be the first time the exhibitions have taken place since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic....

RISQS launches exciting rebrand and new website and announces its latest offering for members.

Over the last few months RISQS, under the stewardship of RSSB, has undergone various challenges. Despite all the recent changes - RISQS has remained resilient with over 4000 supplier and 90 buyer members in...

QTS ON TRACK WITH NEW APPRENTICESHIP DRIVE

Local employer, The QTS Group, is opening its doors to aspiring apprentices with a special open day held at its Drumclog HQ.Taking place between the 27th – 29th July 2021, young people are now...

Rail still safer and greener than road

Britain’s railways remain the safest and greenest forms of land transport, but there is no room for complacency.The independent rail safety body RSSB has published its latest Annual Health and Safety Report for Britain’s...

Recognised in Queen’s Birthday Honours

Four Network Rail employees have been named in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list.Rajinder Pryor, John Sidebotham, Danny Hawkins and Simon Lloyd have been recognised for various pieces of work, including to support colleagues’ mental...

Dartmoor line closer to reopening

The reopening of the railway line between Okehampton and Exeter is one step closer after Network Rail finished relaying the new track and sleepers this week.Following the confirmation of government funding in March, engineers...

Avanti West Coast launches new travel class

Avanti West Coast has become the first UK train operating company to offer an additional class of travel as part of its services.Sitting between Standard and First, customers will get roomier seats, greater space...

New hospital connection helps NHS workers

Following feedback from customers, TransPennine Express are making changes to some of its Yorkshire services, including the creation of a new connection for hospital workers in Middlesbrough.The popular morning service from Redcar Central will...

New national flexible season tickets

The launch of flexible season tickets is the first step in the reform of the railways, as part of the recently launched Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail.The paperless tickets allow travel on any eight days...

The future of railway footbridges

A new design of bridge that could transform rail crossings across Britain has been unveiled.The innovative circular bridge is set to revolutionise the way Network Rail builds footbridges over the tracks. Made from lightweight...

Cumbrian Railways unite against ‘destructive’ bridge scheme

Supporters of two heritage railways in Cumbria have been lobbying council officials and their local MP over the infilling of a bridge that is needed for a planned link between their lines.Contractors engaged by...

Northern City goes digital

Passengers on the Northern City Line, one of the most important routes into the City of London, will enjoy more reliable journeys as work to upgrade track and signalling on the route will create...

The fight to end loneliness

TransPennine Express (TPE) has partnered with the Campaign to End Loneliness and is taking steps to inform customers, colleagues and people who live in and around the places they serve about support services and...

New bogie drop installation

A new bogie drop facility has been installed at Greater Anglia’s Crown Point rail depot to help maintain the operator’s fleet of Stadler bi-mode trains.The work to install the £8.7M facility – which allows...

Successful North Devon Blockade

Dyer & Butler has successfully completed platform extension works and two bridge renewals on behalf of Network Rail during a nine-day blockade on the Tarka Line, a local railway line in Devon, linking the...

Virtual reality brings hs2 station to life

In an innovative world-first, virtual reality, eye-tracking and emotion-sensing technology is being developed in combination and being used to develop how passengers will navigate their way around the new HS2 station at Old Oak...

Nine centuries of history uncovered by HS2

Archaeologists working to prepare the UK for HS2, have begun unlocking almost 900 years of history at St Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville, Buckinghamshire.The Old St Mary’s Church in Stoke Mandeville was built in...

Back on track: Railtex & Infrarail 2021 confirmed to go ahead in September

As the country nears stage 4 of the roadmap established by the Government, the entire railway industry expresses its support and commitmentFollowing the successful show launch of the innovative meeting platform EuroRail Hub, which...

What makes RailStaff Awards unique?

Every year, the Railstaff Awards attracts more entries, more interest and more companies than ever before, even though it's not a corporate event. Why?The rail industry, like almost all other industries, has its fair...

HR, Diversity and Inclusion

One of the longer titles for a category in this year’s RailStaff Awards - the HR, Diversity & Inclusion Person or Team Award - is also actually one of the most topical.Diversity is always...

Station staff

The men and women who staff the 2,500 railway stations around the country have a lot to cope with.They have to keep those stations safe for passengers, make sure they are clean and provide...

How post Covid working should become safer

In this issue's report Colin Wheeler covers RAIB's annual report for 2020, the retirement of Simon French, accidents, near misses, no more lows and how post covid working should become safer.Gratitude and regret are...

Environmental health matters

Look around you. Is your workplace healthy? Are there hazards - Perhaps invisible to the eye - That aren't being addressed?We may rarely think about our work environment in terms of its impact on...

The track to a new normal: the rail industry in a post-covid world

What will happen when restrictions end? the troubles that the rail industry faces, much like the rest of society, is thankfully only temporary and a semblance of normality is on the horizon.The past year...