Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday that the new line-up of rail industry heroes was crowned at the 2018 RailStaff Awards for the difference they make to customers, colleagues, communities and the collective...
Construction Forecasts from the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB) predict the sector will need an extra 168,500 workers by 2023 as a result of continued growth, bringing its total workforce to 2.79 million.
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...

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...
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....

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

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...

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...
Registered dietitian Alison Clark looks at specific health issues faced by rail workers and how dietitians can help With 1.7 billion people travelling by rail each year, the...
Nayia Solea, occupational health & wellbeing specialist at Siemens Mobility, talks about master plans and misunderstandings There is no doubt that mental health is a hugely important subject to address,...
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.
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...
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...

Travelling by train in China

Over the past 30 years China’s economy has grown at an average of 10 per cent. Although it has recently slowed to around six per cent, it is still an economic powerhouse with most of its...
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...
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...

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,...
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 published, Stewart Thorpe asks: what has changed?
Historian Dr Mike Esbester touches on illiteracy and the sad death of two track workers from 1914 Today we might take the ability to read and write for granted –...
In a television news report from 1980, a reporter named John Doyle joined a train driver for a short ride on the West Somerset Railway. The interview, which took place three years after Karen Harrison became the first...

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...
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
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

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work