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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...

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.

Union launches campaign to save Glasgow rail depot

Representatives from union Unite are attempting to rally enough political support to save 180 jobs at Springburn rail depot in Glasgow. Following an initial announcement...

MTR teams up with experienced high-speed operator for West Coast bid

Spanish state-owned operator Renfe has partnered with MTR for its West Coast Partnership bid. The new West Coast Partnership is a franchise which will combine the...

End of boom and bust

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association, believes greater certainty for the rail industry could alleviate the skills gap   It is no secret...

Procurement: New approaches for a new control period

Fresh opportunities are on the horizon for the rail supply chain and CP6 promises to provide a teaser of them. From the Shaw Review to...

CP6: A land of opportunity

With the start of CP6 in April edging ever closer, Network Rail has started to spend some of its allocated billions. Putting the challenges...

Rail Forum Midlands: Open up new opportunities with collaboration

There has been much talk of collaboration in the industry in recent years and, while there are some great examples of where this has...

Bogie service centre opens in Lincoln

The bogies of Eurostar's Class 374s, Thameslink's Class 700s as well as bogies and wheelsets of other trains from Siemens' Desiro Classic platform will...

First shoots of HS2

Right now, across the country, thousands of people are starting work on HS2. After years of talk, preparatory work for Europe’s largest infrastructure programme...

Siemens officially signs £1.5bn Tube train contract

Siemens Mobility has finally signed a £1.5 billion contract with London Underground for new Piccadilly line trains. Confirmation comes after Transport for London (TfL) announced...

Branson exports Virgin Trains brand to US

A new brand has been added to the Virgin Group family with the launch of Virgin Trains USA. Last year Richard Branson visited Brightline, the...

Talgo to build train factory in Fife

Talgo intends to build a train factory in Fife, Scotland, should it secure a major order. The Spanish manufacturer is one of five shortlisted bidders...

FirstGroup promotes senior executive to CEO

FirstGroup has promoted chief financial officer (CFO) Matthew Gregory, who has also been the company's interim chief operating officer (COO) since May, to the...

Budget 2018: Extra funding for major rail projects

The era of austerity is finally coming to an end. That was the headline statement from Chancellor of the Exchequer Philip Hammond who presented his 2018 Budget to...

The UK at InnoTrans

Transport secretary Chris Grayling led the charge as UK rail companies went in search of new international opportunities at InnoTrans. The Railway Industry Association...

RailStaff Awards: Highs and lows

Satnam Thiara strolled up to the stage at the 2010 RailStaff Awards bursting with pride as the winner of the Newcomer of the Year...

Birmingham beginnings

Talent services business Ford & Stanley has announced its expansion in Britain’s second city, following the grand opening of its new offices in Birmingham. The...