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
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.
The UK’s congested railways are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technology, with many rail operators choosing innovative software-based solutions over new infrastructure, which is often costly and disruptive to install.  With more than 30...

RailStaff Awards: A new kingdom

We've announced the date, presented the host, revisited last year's big winner as well as entertainment of yesteryear, and now we're ready to reveal the theme of the 2019 RailStaff Awards. Continuing from 2018,...

Women in rail freight

Railways have been used to transport vital goods since the early 19th century and, with an increasing focus on reducing the UK’s environmental impact, it looks as though the nation’s dependence on rail will continue for decades...
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...
Director Claire Jones and apprentice Imogen Parker talk about career paths, working for AECOM and what they love about engineering I’m not Isambard Kingdom Brunel,” said Claire Jones, who leads...

A tale of two transformers

As the government prepares to make a decision on what could be her biggest achievement yet, Stewart Thorpe takes a look at how veteran transport planner Michèle Dix, and the mega project she now oversees, have both...

A talented team

Stobart Rail & Civils has gained a reputation as a business that invests in new solutions to drive safety and efficiency. Ballast undercutters, self-propelled jack & tamper units and tunnel vacuum cleaners are just a few...
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.
WSP Rail’s managing director, Darren Reed, and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) manager, Abi Frost, discuss how HS2 is helping the business and the industry tackle one of its most endemic challenges
Jean Cockerill, people director at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), on building an inclusive workplace where diverse talents can thrive I’m relatively new to rail – I started in the industry...
On May 18, hundreds of people travelled between London Paddington and Exeter St Davids on Great Western Railway’s (GWR) last High Speed Train (HST) in regular passenger service. Rail enthusiasts lined the route to...
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,...
Virgin Trains welcome host Aaron Koduah, 38, brightens up passenger journeys with his own motivational messages on boards at Crewe station.  Describe a typical day at workProviding a friendly face...
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...
Andy Cooper, the managing director of CrossCountry, retired from his post on June 1.  Andy has enjoyed a long career in the rail industry. As well as running CrossCountry for the last 12 years,...
High-speed train driver Toby Trice swapped rail track for the race track on May 18 as he made his motorsport debut in a Ginetta G40 sports car. Toby, who joined Southeastern five years ago...

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...
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...
Stewart Thorpe shines the spotlight on five innovative new safety products for the rail industry which could become commonplace in the workplace Brightboot - Hi-vis...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work