London mayor Sadiq Kahn has announced the latest four schemes to receive funding from Transport for London's (TfL) Growth Fund. Around £24 million will go towards upgrading Walthamstow Central station, constructing a new station building with step-free access at Colindale,...
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has previously indicated that the Thameslink, Southern and Great Northern franchise could be separated into two or more when the current contract held by operator Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) ends in 2021. This follows the...
Work has begun on Stadler's new £20 million depot in Kirkdale, Merseyside. Representatives from contractor BAM Nuttall were joined by those from the Swiss train maker and Liverpool City Region's metro mayor Steve Rotheram. Stadler signed a £460 million deal with...
A new system that automatically applies the brakes should the speed limit be exceeded at high risk locations on London's Tramlink tram network could be installed by the end of 2019. The new safety measure is one of a number of changes...
Network Rail's head of training strategy believes apprenticeships are changing for the better but that negative headlines could give them a bad name Apprenticeships are undergoing a major rebrand. Access to new funding is opening up apprenticeships to more people...
T‌he economic value of Britain’s railways was a recurring theme at Infrarail 2018. Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Railway Industry Association (RIA), opened this year’s show by suggesting that the value of the rail industry to the UK economy...
Data is a wonderful thing. It fuels modern business, but how do you take it from its rawest state and turn it into something useful. New legislation has made it compulsory for all companies in the UK employing more than...
Infrastructure specialists Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) has announced the acquisition of Carillion Welding. The move sees 63 jobs secured and all pre-existing framework contracts transferred over. Richard Toy is the CEO of RSS's parent company, Auctus Management Group. He said: "This...
MTR Corporation has appointed John Robinson as the head of property in Europe as it looks to capitalise on opportunities to develop spaces around its stations. Headquartered in Hong Kong, the business operations rail systems all over the world, including TfL...
The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York has unveiled its new identity at a special event. Bringing together the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman, the electro-diesel Class 88 locomotive Prometheus and Britain’s first hyperloop prototype in the museum's Great Hall, NRM...
Porterbrook has announced that product development director Zena Dent is set to leave the business for West Midlands Trains (WMT). From July, Zena, who joined Porterbook in 2016, will oversee the introduction of new-build Aventra EMUs in WMT's 'transformation team'. Like...
Train tickets could be dramatically changed under plans for "root and branch" reforms unveiled by the trade body the Rail Delivery Group (RDG). Today's range of fare options have not kept up with the rise of smartphone technology and how...
The former CEO of Go-Ahead Group, Keith Ludeman, is set to become the new chair of HS1. Keith became a non-executive director for HS1 on April 30 and will succeed Rob Holden in his new post from September, 2018. He has previously served...
PLANTWORX, the UK’s largest working plant and equipment exhibition in 2019, is about to get even bigger with the introduction of a new dedicated section for the rail industry. New for 2019, RAILWORX, which is being organised by Rail Media...
Alex Burrows, Alstom's former marketing and strategy director, has joined the Birmingham Centre for Rail Research and Education (BCRRE) at the University of Birmingham as business director. BCRRE is an integral part of the UK Rail Research and Innovation Network, a collaboration between...
East Midlands firm Arrow Solutions, a manufacturer of professional cleaning chemicals, has appointed a new sales manager for the rail sector. The company, which celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2018, has recruited Alex Campbell to support clients' requirements for cleaner...
Murphy Plant is looking for school leavers to join its construction plant maintenance apprenticeship scheme. The Level 2 programme will see apprentices work on construction plant machinery and learn about the operation, maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment. Working across Murphy...
Contractor Taylor Woodrow has started work at Greater Anglia's (GA) Crown Point depot in preparation for longer trains. A fleet of 58 Flirt trains are currently on order from Stadler and will be maintained and housed at the depot in Norwich...
Aarsleff Ground Engineering, the UK subsidiary of Danish construction company Per Aarsleff, has appointed a new managing director. Kevin Hague, previously a company director, will now lead the piling contractor with immediate effect. Kevin joined the business as piling manager in 2014...
Network Rail has awarded Bam Nuttall a £10 million contract for upgrade works on the Highland mainline. The contract involves extending platforms 1 and 2 at Pitlochry station and carrying out modifications to extend the track layout. Infrastructure works will also...
Anyone who dealt with Carillion in the run up to its collapse has been asked to assist with the Official Receiver's investigations. Carillion, which was one of Network Rail's main framework contractors, entered liquidation in January after its lenders and the...

New appointments at Systra

Systra has appointed a new managing director and management team to leads its consultancy team in the UK & Ireland. Former operations director Alan James has been made managing director and will lead a team of almost 400 transport planners, engineers,...
Balfour Beatty has secured a £115 million contract from Network Rail for the supply, operation and maintenance of a fleet of 13 tampers. The seven-year deal will see Balfour Beatty become responsible for delivering tamping shifts across Anglia and South-East routes,...
Natasha Grice said it’s the romance of rail travel that she’s drawn to. “I just love to think that people are travelling for so many different reasons,” said Virgin Trains’ new people director. “I absolutely love working with the...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work