Former and present-day chairs reflect on the organisation’s success as it celebrates a milestone year  2019 marks the tenth anniversary of four young leaders coming together to start a new...
Topics included the effectiveness of mental health first aid, establishing credible benchmarks and rail’s occupational health struggle RSSB’s chief operating officer Johnny Schute began proceedings at its Annual Health and Wellbeing Conference in January....
A retired train driver has described the introduction of Great Northern's new Class 717 trains as Rolls-Royces replacing Mini Metro cars. Ian Twells (Left), 74, rode in the cab of one of the new...
Speaking at the YRP Annual Dinner, Polly Payne, rail group director general at the Department for Transport, delves into the industry's diversity problem Before joining the rail group, I had...

New chief at Kier

Andrew Davies, construction group Wates' former chief executive, has been appointed as the new CEO of Kier. He will take up the post from April 15. Andrew had been...
Andy Joy has been promoted to rail sector director at Amey.  The former business director joined the company in 2018 following the acquisition of the majority of Carillion’s rail business.  Andy...
After 16 months of toil, the fate of the planned European rail giant Siemens Alstom was revealed on February 6. Unresolved concerns surrounding its impact on competition and the price of signalling and very...
With weeks to go until it was set to expire, the Department for Transport has extended Stagecoach's operation of the East Midlands franchise. The new contract begins on March 3 and extends the transport...
Asquith Xavier is not a name I had heard of until recently, but it should be. Originally from the West Indies, Asquith was one of thousands of people who migrated from the Caribbean to...
Although some routes will experience significant disruption, Network Rail said its Easter engineering work is "the quietest for many years" and will leave the majority of the country unaffected. Over the Easter weekend a...

The Train Drivers Academy

In the months up until 2021, around 7,000 new vehicles are set to be introduced by train companies across the country. Drivers will swap some of the oldest rolling stock on the network for some of the...

Farewell to David Waboso

Industry colleague Clive Kessell looks back at the career of the talented project engineer The impending retirement of David Waboso, who currently heads up the Digital Railway team in Network Rail,...

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...
Chief executive Andrew Haines has concluded that "the need for radical change is clear“ at Network Rail after completing his 100-day review. Under his direction, Network Rail is set for a reorganisation to drive...
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...
Train travel is considerably greener than most modes of transport. Of the 126 million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions attributed to the sector in 2017, railways were responsible for two million tonnes. Cars accounted for around 70...
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...
BTP officer Leon McLeod is running his first marathon to raise money for servicemen and women who suffer from post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). On April 28, PC McLeod will be among the thousands...
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
Passenger, worker and community safety is paramount to the operation of the country’s railways. Such is the close relationship between the two that Mark Carne often said that safety goes “hand in hand” with performance.
Following the announcement that the charity’s colossus fundraiser will return, Adam O’Connor, RailStaff production director, recalls his unforgettable experience from 2010 Think back to 2009 and you might remember watching...

An emotional goodbye

LNER staff marked the end of an era on March 20 when train manager Osman Khatri, 69, bowed out after 43 years on the railway. Osman and his brother arrived in England from the...

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
The room falls silent. Bums occupy the edges of seats while the audience’s gaze locks onto the presenter’s lips as he prises open the envelope and announces: “And the winner is…” Suddenly, a roar...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work