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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

https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-october-19

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...

Review: The Rail Safety Summit 2019

This year’s event was the tenth annual Safety Summit. Nonetheless a number of themes featured in the first Safety Summit are evidently still with us. This year’s host was Nicola Uijen who...

Creating a meaningful mental health strategy

Nayia Solea, occupational health & wellbeing specialist at Siemens Mobility, talks about master plans and misunderstandings There is no doubt that mental health is a...

In focus: Lens technology

Protective eyewear manufacturer Bollé Safety has developed ‘Platinum’, an exclusive new permanent lens coating that provides wearers in the rail industry with improved levels of protection, comfort and clarity. 

Susan Cooklin on life before Network Rail, introducing smartphone technology and change at Route Services

Describing what Route Services does is no easy task. Established in January 2016 to create a central provider of services to Network Rail’s geographical Routes, the specialist division has bases all over...

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...

RailStaff October: Attention, class

Building Britain's railways in the 19th century was tough work. Railway companies initially recruited miners as they were accustomed to intense labour and also familiar with steam engines, which were used to...

Interim report on Port Talbot track worker fatalities reveals “there was no safe system of work in place”

Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales, on 3 July 2019. It looks into what happened on...

Angling victory

Gavin Millward, an electrical control operator for Network Rail, won the 30th RailSport National Angling contest with a total catch of 172lb 2oz. In second place was Jim Clewes...

Powering rail productivity: The case for greater diversity

Stewart Thorpe outlines why rail needs to draw on new pools of talent In a quiet side street office in the heart of Westminster,...

Gender diversity at Network Rail

Loraine Martins, director of diversity and inclusion, tells Stewart Thorpe what Network Rail has done to tackle three things that have traditionally hindered...

RailStaff Aug/Sep: Guest editor takeover

When I was first asked to be one of the guest editors for this special issue focused on gender diversity, I jumped at the chance. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has been...

RailStaff Aug/Sep: Meet the guest editors

One woman from the supply chain, one from Network Rail and another from the driver's cab; together they have helped to shape the August/September issue

RailStaff Aug/Sep 2019: Railwaywomen in the spotlight

https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-augsept-19

RailStaff Awards: Talent in technology

The UK’s congested railways are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technology, with many rail operators choosing innovative software-based solutions over new infrastructure, which is often costly and disruptive to install. 

Never standing still

Protective equipment, in some form or another, has been used by rail workers since the 19th century. As industry safety standards and practices have been developed, so has the look, quality and...

RailStaff Awards: A new kingdom

We've announced the date, presented the host, revisited last year's big winner as well as entertainment of yesteryear, and now we're ready to reveal the theme of the 2019 RailStaff Awards.

Women in rail freight

Railways have been used to transport vital goods since the early 19th century and, with an increasing focus on reducing the UK’s environmental impact, it looks as though the nation’s dependence on...

Research sheds light on why there is a lack of women in the train driver role

In a television news report from 1980, a reporter named John Doyle joined a train driver for a short ride on the West Somerset Railway. The interview, which took place three years after...

Reflecting society and shaping the world

Director Claire Jones and apprentice Imogen Parker talk about career paths, working for AECOM and what they love about engineering I’m not Isambard Kingdom Brunel,”...