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...
Martin Beable, fleet director of Arriva UK's trains bid team, is set to join Greater Anglia in March as the new engineering director. Martin, who replaces former engineering director Colin Dobson, will oversee the maintenance, professional engineering and safe, efficient operation...
Incoming train operating company West Midlands Trains (WMT) has appointed a new managing director. On December 10, WMT will take over the West Midlands franchise from London Midland with Abellio UK's former deputy managing director to become its managing director....

Facing up to fatigue

As an industry that works such unsociable hours in high pressure environments, railway staff are familiar with fatigue in the workplace. In a safety critical environment, tiredness can most certainly kill. Since the creation of the Rail Accident Investigation Branch...
Railway adventurers Geoff Marshall and Vicki Pipe will follow up their 'All The Stations' adventure around Great Britain by travelling to all of the stations in Ireland and Northern Ireland. The pair have successfully raised £25,000 through crowdfunding to support their...

New team at Greater Anglia

Ruud Haket (above), who led Abellio’s successful bid for the Greater Anglia franchise, heads a new team as managing director. The team includes: • Andrew Goodrum, Customer Services Director • Adam Golton, Finance Director • Thijs Jan Noomen, Projects Director • John Ratcliffe,...
Murphy Plant is looking for school leavers to join its construction plant maintenance apprenticeship scheme. The Level 2 programme will see apprentices work on construction plant machinery and learn about the operation, maintenance and repair of vehicles and equipment. Working across Murphy...
While the statistics show that working on the railway in 2018 is a far safer vocation than it was decades ago, staff still face many of the same risks. The very first Rail Safety Summit discussed the dangers of red...
Already by mid-January New Year’s Resolutions are fading fast. Maybe you’ve relapsed and belted down a doughnut, a pint or a midnight slab of chocolate. Getting to the gym can prove much more inconvenient than first thought. The good news...
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...
The British Transport Police (BTP) looks after Britain’s rail network including the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Midland Metro tram system, Croydon Tramlink, Sunderland Metro and the Glasgow Subway. Modern technology and traditional visible policing reassure staff and passengers and...
Network Rail's chief executive, Mark Carne, gave a frank reply when asked if he thought the organisation was doing enough to prioritise mental health: “No. I don’t believe we are.” With around 38,000 members of staff, Network Rail is one of...
Photo: Eurostar.

Eurostar’s beekeepers

A colony of bees that is looked after by Eurostar colleagues is expected to produce enough honey in 2018 to make the high-speed operator "sustainable in honey". In 2016, 10 bee hives were setup by Eurostar in collaboration with educational...

Ludeman heads overseas

Keith Ludeman, former chief executive of the Go-Ahead Group, has joined new international business, Network Rail Consulting, as a non-executive director. Network Rail Consulting, a subsidiary of Network Rail, aims to harness the vast range of skills and experience available...

Shed master heads North

Former King’s Cross shed master and legend among railway staff, Peter Townend, thought he would never see A4s 60008 Dwight D Eisenhower and 60010 dominion of Canada again after they left the UK for America and Canada when they...
Rail freight sector champion Lord Tony Berkeley has now retired from his role as chairman of the Rail Freight Group (RFG), the industry representative body for the rail freight sector. A former public affairs manager for Eurotunnel, Tony has chaired...
2012 marks a year of achievement for Britain celebrating the twin blessings of stable governance and athletic excellence. The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee will be celebrated on the first weekend in June. The London Olympics start on 17 July and last...
Andrew McNaughton takes over from Ian Tyler as Chief Executive of Balfour Beatty on 31st March, 2013. Andrew is currently Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer. He joined Balfour Beatty in 1997 and was appointed to the Board in...

David Franks joins Keolis

David Franks has joined Keolis as managing director for New Franchises. Mr Franks will be based in Keolis UK’s London office and will report directly to Alistair Gordon, Keolis UK chief executive. Keolis UK, majority owned by SNCF, has prequalified for...
It is difficult to precisely quantify the contribution made by apprentices. Spread so widely and embedded so deeply there are probably few major programmes that haven’t benefited from their work at some point. With skills in such short supply,...

We’re in your corner

In January 2010 a pioneering Samaritans and Network Rail partnership launched, covering the rail network in England, Scotland and Wales, with the overall aim of reducing the number of suicides on the railways by 20% over a five year...
Greater Anglia has appointed its first-ever woman yard controller at Crown Point depot, Norwich. Helen Dickerson, who has worked in the rail industry for 17 years, started on work experience before joining full-time when she left school. She has lots of...
Former Liberal Democrats leader Tim Farron is part of a group of senior politicians that have delivered a petition to the Department for Transport (DfT) calling for scrapped electrification schemes to be restored. In July, transport secretary Chris Grayling announced...
Carolyn Griffiths has become the 132nd president of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers. Ms Griffiths - who founded the UK’s Rail Accident Investigation Branch - succeeds Jon Hilton as the president. She is also a non-executive director of Irish Rail and volunteers with the...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work