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New map aids disabled passengers and informs others

A new Access Map has been introduced to guide disabled people, and others with mobility difficulty, of the facilities available at each railway station in the country. Viewers can...

Sheepish Network Rail solves woolly problem in Cumbria

The Settle to Carlisle railway is a well-known tourist attraction as well as a transport route. It traverses some areas of outstanding beauty, one of which is Swaledale, lying on the North...

An emotional goodbye

LNER staff marked the end of an era on March 20 when train manager Osman Khatri, 69, bowed out after 43 years on the railway. Osman and his brother...

Young Rail Professionals turns 10

Former and present-day chairs reflect on the organisation’s success as it celebrates a milestone year  2019 marks the tenth anniversary of four young leaders coming...

Safety gear and tech of the future

Stewart Thorpe shines the spotlight on five innovative new safety products for the rail industry which could become commonplace in the workplace

Warming up for Railtex

Whether you’re a visitor or an exhibitor, if you’re in the middle of planning your strategy for the UK’s premier rail exhibition, you’re in good company. If 2017 is...

New problems require new thinking

Ford & Stanley chairman Peter Schofield asks whether talent policies are costing rail companies more than they save The UK rail sector is currently in...

Co-operation over criticism

Mandy Geal, founder of culture change specialist Learning Partners, calls on the industry to drive out the blame games Have you ever been blamed for...

RailStaff Awards: Time to embark on a new journey

Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that the new line-up of rail industry heroes was crowned at the 2018 RailStaff Awards for the difference they make to customers,...

Network Certification Body: Where it came from and where it’s heading

Sam Brunker recalls how Network Certification Body was established and discusses what he’s doing differently as its new managing director After six years at the...

V for vitality

Why one of the uk's largest suppliers of skilled labour has launched a health mot roadshow When’s the last time you went to your doctor's...

Real people, real stories

Samaritans’ Nikki Mugford writes about its new mental health awareness and suicide prevention campaign As part of its ongoing work to prevent suicides on the...

East Midlands Railway

Transport officials have chosen Abellio to run the next East Midlands franchise.  Beginning on August 18 under the name ‘East Midlands Railway’, the new operator will invest £600 million...

Explosive package at Waterloo

Tuesday, March 5 is a day postmaster Kevin Beechey is unlikely ever to forget.  What began as a normal morning for the Network Rail worker started to turn into...

A league of their own

Four amateur football teams are battling it out for the inaugural GTR Railway Football League title. Brighton Train Crews and South Western Railway Train Crews kickstarted the season with...

RailStaff April 2019: Putting passengers first

Next month will mark two years since I stepped through the doors of hall three at the NEC for my first Railtex. In fact, it wasn’t just my first taste of the...

Launch for Fast Trackers 2019

Newcastle College's rail academy hosted the launch of Fast Trackers 2019 on March 15. During the morning, a group of 30 college students were welcomed by organisers Network...

Industry calls on volunteers to step forward in support of the Samaritans

The rail industry has announced the "Million Hour Challenge", which aims to encourage staff to donate their time, energy and skills to help the Samaritans support people in emotional crisis.

Severn Valley Railway’s future safeguarded

A National Lottery grant of £853,800 to repair the Falling Sands Viaduct in Kidderminster will "safeguard" Severn Valley Railway's (SVR) future. Director Shelagh Paterson said the 142-year-old structure...

4LM milestone as new signalling goes live

Transport for London has announced that the first section of new signalling set to transform almost half of the Tube network has begun operation. The new Thales system,...

Line closure shortened thanks to Ivy and Holly the robots

Vital maintenance work between Taunton and Exeter St David’s in Somerset has been sped up thanks to the use of concrete-spraying robots. 'Ivy and Holly' relined the walls...

Council approves Edinburgh Trams extension

Work on a 4.7km extension of the Edinburgh tram to Newhaven is set to begin after city councillors voted 36 to 26 in favour of the project. A line...

TfL completes sale and leaseback of Elizabeth line trains

345 Rail Leasing Consortium is the new owner of the Elizabeth line's Class 345 trains after completing a purchase and leaseback with Transport for London. As a result approximately...

‘A Rolls-Royce as opposed to a Mini Metro’ – retired driver describes Great Northern’s Class 717 trains

A retired train driver has described the introduction of Great Northern's new Class 717 trains as Rolls-Royces replacing Mini Metro cars. Ian Twells (Left), 74, rode in the cab...