Get to worx!

The time is almost here for the launch of the rail civils and systems show Railworx Live demonstrations, working machinery and innovation will all be on display at Railworx, which takes place at the...

Warming up for Railtex

Whether you’re a visitor or an exhibitor, if you’re in the middle of planning your strategy for the UK’s premier rail exhibition, you’re in good company. If 2017 is anything to go by, almost...
A new safety test has been added to the IMechE Railway Challenge for 2019. Teams will have to design their locomotive to stop automatically as close as possible to a marked point on the...
With the exhibition now less than three months away, Railtex is taking final reservations for the last remaining stand spaces, as the industry prepares to come together for three days of insight and networking.
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 Birmingham’s NEC, and will play...
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 the Department for Transport’s (DfT) guidelines for market-led proposals, a series of reviews and incremental...

RailStaff Awards: Good luck!

The nominations are all in and the votes have been counted. All that’s left to do is announce this year’s winners. Almost 300 nominations have been shortlisted across 20 different categories, including Outstanding Customer Service, Station Staff of the Year...
It was my privilege to open and host the 11th Rail Safety Summit on 1 November at the prestigious offices of Addleshaw Goddard in central London. I began by quoting from a report which now shows its age by...
The Severnside Community Rail Partnership (SCRP) scooped the top award at the Association of Community Rail Partnerships' (ACoRP) biggest night of the year. Around 480 community volunteers, groups, industry leaders and government representatives attended the Community Rail Awards, which was this...
Paula Hilliard, last year's winner of the Charitable Person or Team of the Year Award.

Guardians of the railway

If you listen to speeches from industry figureheads, we are often reminded that passenger journeys on the railways have more than doubled in the past 20 years, and for good reason. Higher demands on a railway that was largely...
Speakers from Network Rail, HS2 and the ORR will offer their insights into the challenges facing rail health and safety professionals approaching the start of the next control period. Ahead of this year's conference, find out a bit more about...
Photo: InnoTrans.

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 (RIA) struck up strategic partnerships with booming markets abroad and businesses big and small secured...

Track Safety Alliance on tour

More delegates than ever before attended the latest Track Safety Alliance (TSA) conference in October, which was held away from Network Rail’s Westwood training centre for the first time. More than 200 delegates from Network Rail, its principal contractors and...
Between 8-9 September, the long-running industry sports event welcomed hundreds of competitors back to Loughborough to challenge rivals old and new for a RailSport medal. The 2018 competition was held at Loughborough Endowed Schools and featured eight different disciplines: five-a-side...
The transition from one control period to another can be challenging, but the promise of investment in CP6 gives companies reason to be optimistic. Total Rail Solutions (TRS) is a business which is positive about the future. Over the last...
The NEC isn’t the obvious place for the forces of magic and sorcery to place their portal into the mortal realm, but visitors to the RailStaff Awards this year will have the opportunity to peer through this gateway and...
A business is only as strong as its people. “It’s an old cliche but I fully believe in it,” said Steve McLaren, managing director UK and Ireland for Fenix Rail Systems, sponsors of the Train Driver of the Year...
Direct Rail Services’ (DRS) Gresty Bridge depot in Crewe opened its doors last month for its annual open day. A record £37,351 was raised for charity on the day, which welcomed around 4,000 visitors. More than 20 DRS locomotives were on...
The modernisation of the signalling and control systems that manage Britain’s railway will represent a sizeable chunk of the planned investment for CP6 and beyond. Over the course of the next decade, conventional systems will be phased out and replaced...
We’re pleased to announce that Alison Rumsey, group HR director for Network Rail, will be part of the independent industry panel judging this year’s RailStaff Awards. Responsible for creating the overall people strategy for CP6, Alison was appointed to Network...
While the statistics show that working on the railway in 2018 is a far safer vocation than it was decades ago, staff still face many of the same risks. The very first Rail Safety Summit discussed the dangers of red...
Westminster, the Manchester Arena, Finsbury Park, London Bridge, Parsons Green and Grenfell Tower. 2017 was an exceptionally difficult year for the country. Nevertheless, following each incident there was an equal and opposite response from the emergency services. In London...
Shauni McDonald picked up her first award in 2011, quickly followed by another two in the same year. In 2012, she was presented with one more and then in 2013 she received yet another. Shauni has enough awards to...
During the past 12 months, TBF has paid out more than £2.5 million in benefits to its members. The demand for its support is as great as it ever has been, illustrating the challenges facing many of the individuals...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work