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Final track work contract let

Balfour Beatty, TSO and Atkins are Network Rail’s preferred bidders for the delivery of track upgrade works in Central England for the next decade. The deal covers track, points...

New home for old London Northwestern and West Midlands Railway uniforms

Shirts, dresses and ties that were once used by rail staff in the West Midlands are finding a new lease of life as carpets, cushions and car seat stuffing.

Electrification costs could be lowered by as much as 50%, new report claims

Establishing a 10-year rolling programme, better planning and the use of proven designs and systems could help to reduce the cost of electrification by as much as 50 per cent - that...

Easter engineering work “quietest for many years”

Although some routes will experience significant disruption, Network Rail said its Easter engineering work is "the quietest for many years" and will leave the majority of the country unaffected.

Springburn rail depot to close

Gemini Rail Services has announced that its Springburn rail depot in Glasgow is to close despite efforts to save it. The decision has been blamed on adverse market conditions,...

Learning leader role created for Tyne and Wear Metro

Nexus has created a 'head of learning' post to lead on the delivery of Tyne and Wear Metro training programmes. New starter Heather Blevins previously worked in learning...

All change for RailStaff Awards host

Richard Salkeld, the host of the 2018 RailStaff Awards, has announced his departure from Great Western Railway to return to an old patch. As of March, the media...

RailStaff March 2019: The legacy of an industry giant

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The Train Drivers Academy

In the months up until 2021, around 7,000 new vehicles are set to be introduced by train companies across the country. Drivers will swap some of the oldest rolling stock on the...

Safestart: Wellingtons, wellbeing and an end to whistles, horns and detonators?

Passenger, worker and community safety is paramount to the operation of the country’s railways. Such is the close relationship between the two that Mark Carne often said that safety goes “hand in...

Farewell to David Waboso

Industry colleague Clive Kessell looks back at the career of the talented project engineer The impending retirement of David Waboso, who currently heads up the Digital...

RailStaff March 2019: Turning point

Events of 2018 have proven to be the final straw for Network Rail in its current shape. After seven years of consecutive bad performance, with poor punctuality, timetabling...

Health, High Output and the new community Challenge

“Basically, it’s Weight Watchers with your mates at work,” explained Steve Featherstone, Network Rail’s track programme director, who is putting his weight behind a new health challenge launched in February.  His description of the project might be brief, but its potential impact is anything but.  A different type of enhancement programme Titled the Track Safety…

RSSB’s Annual Health and Wellbeing Conference

Topics included the effectiveness of mental health first aid, establishing credible benchmarks and rail’s occupational health struggle RSSB’s chief operating officer Johnny Schute began proceedings at its Annual Health...

West Midlands Rail Executive director confirmed

Malcolm Holmes has been appointed as the executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE) on a permanent basis. Malcolm previously worked as a senior retail and customer...

Midland main line electrification extended

Network Rail has been instructed to design an extension of the Midland main line electrification programme from Kettering to Market Harborough station, rail minister Andrew Jones has confirmed.

Hero officer aims to raise £10k for PTSD charity

BTP officer Leon McLeod is running his first marathon to raise money for servicemen and women who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On April 28, PC McLeod...

IMechE adds new safety test to Railway Challenge

A new safety test has been added to the IMechE Railway Challenge for 2019. Teams will have to design their locomotive to stop automatically as close as possible to...

All sectors covered at Railtex as last few exhibitor spaces remain

With the exhibition now less than three months away, Railtex is taking final reservations for the last remaining stand spaces, as the industry prepares to come together for three days of insight...

Last steam train ride through LU’s central section

Plans are in place for one final steam train to travel through the central section of the London Underground.  Details are currently limited, but the steam train will travel...

Patrick Parsons’ appointment

Engineering consultancy Patrick Parsons has recruited a new director for rail. Sen Jay Dookayka was most recently interim head of scheme design at East West Railway Company and joins...

Execs depart Orange Army

Francis Paonessa, the managing director of Infrastructure Projects (IP), and Alison Rumsey, group human resources director, are both set to leave Network Rail. Francis joined IP from Bombardier in...

Amey promotes ex-Carillion MD

Andy Joy has been promoted to rail sector director at Amey.  The former business director joined the company in 2018 following the acquisition of the majority of Carillion’s rail...

Nottingham Trams boss joins RFM

Paul Robinson, the managing director of Nottingham Trams, has replaced outgoing chair Paul Francis at Rail Forum Midlands (RFM).  Nottingham Trams is a joint venture between Keolis (80 per...