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Well-known public figures thank rail workers – and remind us all to ‘be safe, be patient, be kind’

A host of well-known politicians, sports stars and media personalities have said “thank you” to railway staff for keeping freight and critical workers moving during the Covid-19 crisis. The...

Transport for London to extend use of RISQS supplier qualification scheme

Transport for London (TfL) has extended its use of rail-industry body RSSB’s Railway Industry Supplier Qualification Scheme (RISQS), which will now be used for supplier selection across London Underground, Major Projects, Elizabeth...

BTP praised for cracking down on County Lines gangs

Priti Patel MP, the Home Secretary, has praised the impact of a nationwide crackdown on county lines drug dealing by forces including British Transport Police (BTP). County Lines drug...

GTR staff cover over 800 miles for NHS

To raise cash for NHS staff and volunteers caring for Covid-19 patients, a group of railway workers has cycled, walked and jogged a total distance of more than 800 miles.

LNER chooses the innovative startups it will work with to improve UK rail travel

As part of London North Eastern Railway’s innovation programme, LNER FutureLabs, the train operator will be working with five of the most innovative startups around the world to accelerate new projects to...

Next Transport Commissioner for London will be Andy Byford

Andy Byford has been appointed as London's new Transport Commissioner, following an international recruitment and selection process. His most recent role was president and chief executive officer of New...

South Western Railway installs parcel delivery lockers at stations

As more and more people turn to online shopping while stores are closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak, parcel locker provider InPost has announced a partnership with South Western Railway (SWR), Europe’s...

Siemens Mobility contracts DB ESG for additional ETCS installation design work

Siemens Mobility has awarded a contract to DB ESG for the vehicle installation design for the fitting of European Train Control System (ETCS) into the cabs of Class 60, 59,57 and 47...

James Le Couilliard joins Rock Rail in the UK and Australia

Rock Rail, the rolling-stock investment company, has appointed James Le Couilliard as a new partner to focus on rail development opportunities in the UK and Australia. he will be focussing on rolling...

Downloadable comic promotes safety on the railway

Network Rail has produced a comic book which highlights the devastating consequences trespassing on the railway can have. It has been produced as part of the Midland Main Line...

Network Rail supports Northumberland school with donations of PPE

Malcolm Tait, a mobile operations manager for Network Rail, based in Morpeth, has donated spare personal protective equipment (PPE) to a local school so that vital education can continue during the COVID-19...

French-speaking Eurostar volunteers share language skills with schools

Language students are receiving support from Eurostar, the high-speed passenger rail service linking the UK and mainland Europe, during school closures brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. French-speaking Eurostar...

Barmouth viaduct to receive biggest restoration of Barmouth Viaduct in its history

Network Rail is about to commence a £25 million upgrade of Barmouth viaduct to protect it for local people and visitors in the future. A large number of the...

Changes at the top at Stadler

Dr Thomas Ahlburg has left his post as group CEO of Stadler, the Swiss train manufacturer “Due to different views regarding Stadler's strategic and organisational development”. Until a successor...

RAIB published 2019 Annual Report

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its 2019 Annual Report. It was a busy year. During the period from 1 January to 31 December 2019, RAIB received...

Past lives: Chris White (1942-2020)

Chris White was the epitome of the dedicated railwayman. Born in 1942, his parents ran a market gardening business in the Devon village of Budleigh Salterton. He loved trains from an early...

RIA’s Update 111 now available

The Railway Industry Association (RIA) has published it latest quarterly magazine - Update 111. Normally only available to RIA members, the Update covers a range of topics and issues...

DRS Class 88 electric loco runs up the East Coast main line for the first time.

One of Direct Rail Services’ all-electric Class 88 freight locomotives has run up the East Coast main line for the first time. Engineering work on the West Coast main...

TransPennine Express donates on-board catering stock to worthy causes

With catering suspended on services due to the Covid-19 pandemic, train operator TransPennine Express (TPE) and catering partner Rail Gourmet have been donating some of their stock of on-board catering product to...

New environment and energy manager for Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has appointed Stephanie Evans to be its new environment and energy manager. She joins from two universities and facilities management firm NORSE, where she worked in environment management roles.

New chair for rail industry’s West Midlands Supervisory Board and Grand Rail Collaboration

Alex Warner has been appointed as chair of the Grand Rail Collaboration (GRC), a West Midlands rail industry group committed to boosting train reliability and passenger satisfaction. He takes over from West...

Cambridge North station celebrates third birthday

Cambridge North station, which was built to improve rail links for people in the north east of the city as well as to improve access to the business park,  the Science Park...

Railway signallers help deliver meals in Bristol

A group of Network Rail signallers in Bristol have helped deliver more than 500 meals a week during the coronavirus crisis to hospitals and vulnerable people across the city after teaming up...

Derby Network Rail engineer volunteers over 550 hours as NHS responder

Mike Fallows, who has worked for Network Rail for 18 years and is currently a senior engineer based at Derby, has been helping with an NHS Volunteer Responder Scheme during the current...