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Pensions: a necessary expense

Despite the current economic environment, pension saving remains a crucial consideration. RailStaff spoke to the experts. Retirement may seem a long way off but preparing...

Expert commentary – DC Richard Gentile, Cyber Crime Unit, BTP

Cyber threats to national security, businesses, and private individuals are increasing, and several million cases of fraud and computer misuse are reported to the...

Total Rail Solutions – Five to focus

It’s fair to say that the last few years have been challenging for the Rail industry, but Total Rail Solutions (TRS) is emerging with...

Young Rail Professionals: Celebrating future leaders

In April I stepped in as Chair of Young Rail Professionals (YRP). Over the course of the next year, I’ll write a series of...

Expert commentary – Phil Catcheside, Network Rail

In the first of series of interviews with experts in the Rail industry and beyond, RailStaff spoke to Phil Catcheside, Head of Recruitment Marketing...

Embrace adventure with MTM

It’s a brand-new year – time to turn the page and make the changes you’ve been putting off for far too long. If a...

Reinstating the ‘Peaks and Dales line’

Stephen Chaytow of the Manchester and East Midlands Rail Action Partnership (MEMRAP) discusses the group's campaign to restore and upgrade 'the peaks and dales...

The qualities of a world-beating railway

Colin Wheeler looks at the latest rail safety incidents including November's collision at Salisbury, the dangers of abandoned half trollies, and the derailment of...

RBF: A helping hand through unusual times

RailStaff spoke to Railway Benefit Fund's Ryan Morgan to discuss the ongoing impact of Covid-19 and the pressures of the festive season. Around one in...

Young Rail Professionals – An opportunity for growth

Cost and reliability are key to attracting passengers and encouraging modal shift as the domestic and international travel markets recover − a challenge we...

Work-related violence

“I was just standing there, waiting for the 12:43, when this bloke came up and started shouting his head off. I tried to calm...

Young Rail Professionals – future industry structure and culture change

In the last edition of RailStaff I launched a series of editorials to voice the views of my peers – young professionals in rail...

Facing uncertainty in rail

RISQS is here for the industry over the long haul. 2021 has been a year of massive change for GB rail – in more ways...

Modular Access at Swindon

HAKI is a leading specialist in modular access solutions for complex and temporary works across a wide range of industry sectors, including rail. When scaffolding...

Ballast scratched boots, shared experiences and the “go to jail card”

Report By Colin Wheeler Almost all of my railway civil engineering experience was with British Railways before the unlamented Railtrack was formed. As a graduate...

Railway structures are different – Cultural vandalism at Great Musgrave

Report By Colin Wheeler As a student I worked briefly for a County Council in the department led by that County’s Surveyor and Bridgemaster who...

Valuing nature: The impact of the Varley Review

Public concern over the damage to wildlife caused by lineside vegetation clearances led to a DfT-commissioned report in 2018. one year after it was...