Lesson learned

Seaton Rail is returning in 2017 to support the RailStaff Awards once again. Seaton Rail will be putting its name against the Trainer or Training Team of the Year category at the awards evening this October. It comes at a...

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...
Apprentices are now first in line to meet dignataries and VIPs at project sites. An enthusiastic PR campaign over the past couple of years appears to have shifted the view of apprenticeships. Comments about some apparent stigma around such...

Seven years saving lives

Partnerships in industry are usually measured in terms of turnover and on-time delivery - few are judged on their value to society. Samaritans has been working with Network Rail, the British Transport Police (BTP) and the industry as a whole...
Railway mountaineers again took on the Three Peaks by Rail challenge in aid of Railway Children - the charity which supports vulnerable young people around the world. This year was the event’s 15th birthday. Since the first trek, participants have...
Back for 2017 in its new home of Loughborough University, the RailSport Games gave the industry's brightest sports stars the opportunity to bring back a gold medal for their companies and colleagues. The tournament - now in its 24th year...
Construction of Alstom’s new technology centre in the industrial town of Widnes, Cheshire, is nearing completion. The company has released a new set of images showing Alstom’s logo now in place above the facility’s entrance ahead of its opening this...
RailSport Rugby is to donate half of the entrance fees for this summer’s tournament to raise money for the BTP officer who stepped in to try and stop the London Bridge attackers. The tournament, which will include competitors from the...
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...
East Midlands Trains has signed up for the RailSport Games this summer. As well as bringing many of this year's competitors to the event, the company will be competing for gold across a number of sports. The operator, which is...

Murder on the metals

There’s something about the railway that seems to stir the imagination of crime writers. Within these circles, the Victorian corridor coaches are held in the same esteem as a creepy country estate or a grand art deco hotel. Real-life crime...
Rail Media’s third BIM Summit looked at how the transition into Level 3 BIM would take us further on the digitisation journey towards fully digital businesses where operations and maintenance begin to see the benefits. Held on 15 February at...

Safe from start to finish

The story of the Midland Main Line upgrade has moved on quite a bit in the past 12 months. At the start of 2016, the programme was just beginning to regain momentum following a brief hiatus - one of...

Getting active in 2017

Is staff wellbeing treated as seriously as it deserves to be? An engineer working on site will be issued with ear defenders to protect their hearing and steel-toe-capped boots to deflect the blow of a heavy falling object, but...

Made in Britain

Just over a year since it opened, Hitachi’s Newton Aycliffe factory has rolled out the first British-built train of the Intercity Express Programme (IEP). A significant milestone in the £5.7 billion IEP programme, the manufacturer marked the occasion on 9...
The railway has a moral, commercial and legal responsibility to do things safely, but what is it that motivates individuals and organisations to improve? Is it the opportunity to make positive changes or the fear of financial and reputational...

Sense and sustainability

According to the United Nations sustainable development has three elements: economic development, social development and environmental protection. Sustainability is only achieved when these aspects are in balance. Specific sustainability guidance is provided by CEEQUAL, BREEAM and PAS 2080. The Civil...
Southern driver Steve Copley, described in his nomination as a ‘commuter’s hero’, was named the RailStaff Awards Train Driver of the Year. Steve, possibly the only driver in the world with his own hashtag, hosts a daily guess the year quiz...
2016 has been a big year for us says SNC-Lavalin managing director Richard George. In the company’s own words, it has been a year of transition. On 1 January 2016, the Derby-based engineering consultancy Interfleet became SNC-Lavalin Rail &...
Network Rail’s Bill Cooke would have been briefly disappointed to miss out on the Safety Person of the Year award to John Abbott and colleague Roan Willmore, but his fundraising exploits ensured he’d come away with a trophy before...

What it’s all about

‘It’s all about teamwork isn’t it,’ says Roger Stewart, a director at Coyle Personnel, one of the largest suppliers of contingent labour to Britain’s rail industry. For a company that is a primary sponsor for around 900 staff, you...
An emotional Suzanne Nicholls collected a deserved Station Staff of the Year award at Coventry’s Ricoh Arena and was followed by Recruiter/HR Person of the Year winner Adam Razzell. Suzanne, Preston station’s community champion, is dedicated to making the station...
Danny Roberts of TransPennine Express and Natalie Dickinson from ISS Labour were the first winners of the night at the 2016 RailStaff Awards. Danny, a customer service assistant at Grimsby station, won the Outstanding Customer Service accolade. His nomination described a...

A family affair

Teams that form a strong bond often refer to themselves as a family. Hitachi’s Ashford train maintenance crew - the winners of the Depot Team of the Year category at last year’s RailStaff Awards - would agree. Sometimes the term...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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