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...
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...

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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...

The RailSport Games 2017

The RailSport Games returned to the East Midlands for the first time in 17 years to give staff from across the sector the chance to take home gold in their chosen sport. Hundreds of challengers arrived at Loughborough University on...

Railtex recap…

Innovations were showcased, knowledge shared and friendships renewed at Railtex 2019 - the 14th such show. Organised by Mack Brooks Exhibitions, the biennial show is the industry's biggest for rail suppliers and this year took place between May 14-16...
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...

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...
Paul Ellis and his team at Liverpool Delivery Unit have been singled out for praise after submitting the millionth work order using the My Work app. Pioneered by ORBIS (Offering the Railway Better Information Systems) and Network Rail, the app,...
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...
Hundreds of engineers, consultants and project managers attended the Young Rail Professionals' (YRP) annual black tie dinner on Friday, April 13. The date may be considered unlucky for some, but for Andy Roberts, senior engineer at SNC-Lavalin; Cameron Shaw, apprentice...
Rail companies of all sizes came together to recognise the industry’s greatest achievements at the Rail Partnership Awards on 7 June. Last held in 2015, the relaunched event was organised by Rail Media on behalf of Network Rail and provided...
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...
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.

Supplier of the Year

Buckingham Group stole the show at Network Rail’s Partnership Awards as it bagged three of 15 trophies - including the coveted Rail Supplier of the Year gong. Fergal Kiernan, senior project manager at Buckingham...
Striving to tackle the country’s rail capacity problem, companies are making a sustained push to digitise the railway. Stewart Thorpe reports from the Digital Rail Summit to find out what progress is being made. Would anyone hack a railway? That...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work