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Stuart Calvert to be new Digital Railway head

Stuart Calvert, director of programme technical services and supply chain at Network Rail’s Group Digital Railway (GDR), has been announced as its new managing director following the retirement of David Waboso. When...

Royal Military Police to join BTP on patrol

Officers from the Royal Military Police (RMP) will join BTP on patrol at Liverpool Street and Waterloo stations as part of a new partnership.  By shadowing transport police at...

New head of apprenticeships at Network Rail

Network Rail has hired its first dedicated head of apprenticeships.  Newstarter Richard Turner joins from Virgin Trains where he was responsible for the company’s training and development as well...

Andrew Haines’ 100-day review: “The need for radical change is clear”

Chief executive Andrew Haines has concluded there is a "need for radical change" at Network Rail after completing his 100-day review. Initial details are limited but, under Haines' direction,...

Major rail merger hits the buffers but another is set to reach its destination

After 16 months of toil, the fate of the planned European rail giant Siemens Alstom was revealed on February 6. Unresolved concerns surrounding its impact on competition and the...

Stagecoach receives five-month extension for East Midlands franchise

With weeks to go until it was set to expire, the Department for Transport has extended Stagecoach's operation of the East Midlands franchise. The new contract begins on March...

Community rail partner for Isle of Purbeck

Purbeck Community Rail Partnership (CRP) has employed a part-time community rail partnership officer (CRPO) thanks to funding from South Western Railway (SWR). Kelly Marshall, the newly appointed CRPO...

RMT suspends Northern strike action after “major breakthrough”

Union RMT has suspended its ongoing programme of strike action at Northern over the retention and the role of the guard on its trains. The "major breakthrough" comes after...

First track laid for Westside tram extension

Light rail minister Jesse Norman was joined by regional transport chiefs to see the Midland Metro Alliance lay the first track for the Westside tram extension in Birmingham. Jesse...

Robinson onboard for Wales

Not-for-profit government agency Transport for Wales has appointed Lee Robinson as development director for North Wales.  The region will be the first to benefit from the addition of fully...

Visitor registration opens for Railtex 2019

Professionals from across the rail industry can now register in advance for free to attend Railtex 2019, the 14th international exhibition of rail equipment, systems and services. The event takes place between May 14-16 at...

How to procure innovation

Stuart Cairns, Claire Gamage & Chris Murray, of law firm Bird & Bird, encourage the public sector to be bold to boost innovation

RailStaff Jan/Feb 2019: Ruby the Great

https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-janfeb-19 Read more: Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal reveals all about her career in rail  

Travelling by train in China

Over the past 30 years China’s economy has grown at an average of 10 per cent. Although it has recently slowed to around six per cent, it is still an economic...

AECOM careers open days: Your future starts here

Multinational engineering firm AECOM has organised open days across the country as it seeks to bolster its team with talented new recruits. In February, company representatives will be hitting the road to meet candidates in...

My Life in Rail: Michele Swan

BakerHicks’ project manager Michele Swan on her unusual path into the industry, station renewals and a love of bridge reconstructions   In Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, the fruits of a rail renaissance are obvious. As well as being...

Great British Bake Off finalist Ruby Bhogal reveals all about her career in rail

When Ruby Bhogal returned to work on August 30, she was greeted with a warmer reception than usual. She’d only had a day’s leave but, in the space of 36 hours,...

The pioneering project that could allow dozens of aspiring train operators to follow their dreams

When customer service assistant Alex Bulley successfully applied to become a London Underground train operator, it was a dream come true. For years the economics graduate visualised...

Combating health concerns through changes in diet

Registered dietitian Alison Clark looks at specific health issues faced by rail workers and how dietitians can help With 1.7 billion people travelling...

RailStaff Jan/Feb 2019: Reflections & resolutions

Whether you’re one for resolutions or not, you can’t deny there’s a renewed sense of optimism that comes when you emerge from the Christmas slumber and step - suitably refreshed - into the new...

Railway flash mob releases charity single

A choral flash mob that went viral with a performance of 'Lean on Me' at Christmas has released a charity single. Known as 'Voices for Railway Children', the group of 80 rail staff met at a...

Freightliner plans new locomotive maintenance facility

Freightliner has released plans to build a state-of-the-art locomotive and wagon maintenance and fuelling facility at its Ranelagh Road freight yard in Ipswich. Around 20 skilled and semi-skilled jobs will be created as a result...

New Caledonian Sleeper trains complete London test run

Sixteen of Caledonian Sleeper’s new carriages made their first trial run from Scotland to London Euston on January 22. Final stages of testing and approvals have now begun for the £100 million fleet ahead of...

Greater Anglia hires fleet director from Arriva

Martin Beable, fleet director of Arriva UK's trains bid team, is set to join Greater Anglia in March as the new engineering director. Martin, who replaces former engineering director Colin Dobson, will oversee the maintenance, professional...