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West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he moves from Virgin Trains to Avanti West Coast.

Christmas work

An army of 20,000 workers will be tasked with delivering 386 rail improvement projects over the Christmas period. Although the majority of the network will remain open as usual,...

Meet the rail industry heroes of 2019

The room falls silent. Bums occupy the edges of seats while the audience’s gaze locks onto the presenter’s lips as he prises open the envelope and announces: “And the winner is…”

RailStaff December 2019: The next chapter

Going from one year into the next often feels like the beginning of a new chapter. Only, for 2020, there are significant new chapters in several stories. On December...

Behind the scenes with BTP’s protest release team

The sophisticated tactics of protestors are being matched by the efforts of a specialist BTP team. Stewart Thorpe visits its headquarters to find out more It’s...

City & Guilds Group acquires Intertrain

City & Guilds Group, a leader in demand-led skills development, has today announced the acquisition of Intertrain, one of the UK’s leading training providers for railway infrastructure.  Established in...

RailStaff November: We Will Remember Them

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Employers: tax legislation poses risk to performance

Peter Schofield, chairman of Ford & Stanley Group, warns clients to make sure they're ready for changes to off-payroll working rules The 20th anniversary of...

Smart briefings = smart business

Traditionally, train and freight companies have organised pre-planned, face-to-face operational briefings with their staff, but these are often logistically difficult and costly to arrange. With these challenges in mind, rail industry communications...

Lights, camera, action!

Colleagues at RailStaff Awards HQ have been overwhelmed with nominations and votes this past month. In total, thanks to a final surge, 99,500 votes have been cast for 766 nominees.

Ditching diesel-only: greener alternatives to powering Britain’s trains

Train travel is considerably greener than most modes of transport. Of the 126 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to the sector in 2017, railways were responsible for two million tonnes....

Weathering the climate change storm

At the start of November, Network Rail released dramatic video footage of a section of railway (pictured above) which had been left suspended in mid-air following a torrential downpour. Flooding near to...

Valuing nature: The impact of the Varley Review

Public concern over the damage to wildlife caused by lineside vegetation clearances led to a DfT-commissioned report in 2018. one year after it was published, Stewart Thorpe asks: what has changed?

Victorious Thameslink Southern TC claim league title

An inaugural football league for railway workers has come to a sizzling end with an entertaining 4-0 encounter.  Thameslink and Southern Traincrews (TC) romped to victory over South Western...

Metro man bows out

An engineering stalwart who oversaw the construction of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s tracks is retiring after 47 years in the rail industry. Phil Kirkland, who is the head...

Freedom! Train guard gives up job to go-go on George Michael tour

A South Western Railway train guard has hung up his whistle for good as he chooses life as a George Michael tribute act.  After serving customers on the railway...

RailStaff November 2019: The power is in your hands

Some months it’s difficult to know what to write in this editor’s column. The story of the railway is one that always has its twists and turns but, since taking over as...

Lest we forget: Hundreds gather to commemorate railway workers who died during World War One

Railway colleagues from all grades gathered at Southwark Cathedral to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting in the Great War. Estimates put the number of rail staff...

Get into Railways: A job, a career, a purpose

GTR and The Prince's Trust have helped 182 youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds gain work experience through their 'Get into Railway' programme. As the partnership celebrates its fifth anniversary, Stewart Thorpe discovers its...

Archway: Educating – Empowering – Connecting

Archway, Network Rail’s LGBT+ employee network, recently held the third conference in its six-year history. Nigel Wordsworth went along to find out how the network has been engaging with both Network Rail...

RailStaff October: Computing change

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A world class service

Earlier this year, Transport Focus revealed Heathrow Express (HEx) was - for the third time in a row - the train operator passengers are most satisfied with. HEx prides...

Jacobs: Investing in the future

On multibillion-pound megaprojects across the globe, clients are relying on the technical expertise of professional services firm Jacobs to overcome their biggest challenges.  Whether it’s this core capability or...

Pride, happy grins and fun with a capital F

The cogs are turning on the RailStaff Awards as the grand celebration on November 28 creeps ever closer.  Hundreds of nominations are now live at www.railstaffawards.com and colleagues are...