GTR and The Prince's Trust have helped 182 youngsters from disadvantaged backgrounds gain work experience through their 'Get into Railway' programme. As the partnership celebrates its fifth anniversary, Stewart Thorpe discovers its impact on some of those...
Archway, Network Rail’s LGBT+ employee network, recently held the third conference in its six-year history. Nigel Wordsworth went along to find out how the network has been engaging with both Network Rail employees and the wider industry
Describing what Route Services does is no easy task. Established in January 2016 to create a central provider of services to Network Rail’s geographical Routes, the specialist division has bases all over the country. It oversees tamping;...
Building Britain's railways in the 19th century was tough work. Railway companies initially recruited miners as they were accustomed to intense labour and also familiar with steam engines, which were used to pump out water. These men...
Stewart Thorpe outlines why rail needs to draw on new pools of talent In a quiet side street office in the heart of Westminster, a team of data analysts...

Gender diversity at Network Rail

Loraine Martins, director of diversity and inclusion, tells Stewart Thorpe what Network Rail has done to tackle three things that have traditionally hindered women in its workforce
When I was first asked to be one of the guest editors for this special issue focused on gender diversity, I jumped at the chance. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has been close to my heart for...
One woman from the supply chain, one from Network Rail and another from the driver's cab; together they have helped to shape the August/September issue Anna opening Railtex 2019.
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Metrolink duo Caroline Haynes and Steve Shaw recorded the best finish for a British team at this year's contest. They tell Stewart Thorpe what it was like taking part in this bizarre competition

Nowhere to hide

Chief inspector Peter Kooper talks to Stewart Thorpe about BTP's new approach to counter terrorism The terror attacks of 2017 reminded us all that terrorism can take place anywhere, at any...

Fast Trackers II

Network Rail and Mott MacDonald's engineering outreach programme was even bigger and better on its 2019 return A looming skills gap in rail engineering continues to hang over the industry's head,...

Chaplains call for help

In times of need they are there without hesitation, offering a listening ear and confidential support. But now, in its time of difficulty, the Railway Mission is in need of help itself. From remote...

RailStaff July: Tragedy

Sadly, shortly before this issue went to print, the industry was hit with the news that two railway workers were killed by a passenger train at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales. BTP named them as...

Rail Safety Week

Whether it’s the introduction of new rolling stock, timetables or a company structure, change poses a risk to safety and must be considered carefully.  That was one of the key messages from Rail Safety...

Tomorrow’s trains

The fruits of a booming uk rolling stock market were on show at Railtex as suppliers and major manufacturers promoted innovative new products and services Although Bombardier and CAF were missing from the line-up,...
How the organisation developing the UK's new high-speed rail network is changing the industry's diversity and inclusion practices Mark Lomas joined HS2 as its head of equality, diversity and inclusion...
If you’ve been to the RailStaff Awards, you’ll understand it’s an event like no other.  Not only does it bring frontline and corporate staff together in one big celebration of people, but it does...
Stewart Thorpe tests out two of the latest virtual reality training tools With a whistle pressed against my lips, I take one final look along the platform to check for any...

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...

Network health clinics

Stewart Thorpe went to the doctors to learn about a bold new approach to occupational health New life has been breathed into a derelict building at London Victoria station. Behind...

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...
Bidders for the HS2 train contract have revealed computer-generated images of their proposed designs. Alstom, CAF, the Hitachi-Bombardier JV, Siemens Mobility and Talgo have all released concept pictures after the deadline to submit bids...
Five new regional managing directors have been appointed at Network Rail as it continues its reorganisation under chief executive Andrew Haines.  John Halsall.Mark Langman.Rob McIntosh. John Halsall, Mark Langman and Rob...

West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he...

Christmas work