https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-november-19
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...
At the start of November, Network Rail released dramatic video footage of a section of railway (pictured above) which had been left suspended in mid-air following a torrential downpour. Flooding near to the village of Pontrilas, south...
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?
An inaugural football league for railway workers has come to a sizzling end with an entertaining 4-0 encounter.  Thameslink and Southern Traincrews (TC) romped to victory over South Western Railway TC in what was...

Metro man bows out

An engineering stalwart who oversaw the construction of the Tyne and Wear Metro’s tracks is retiring after 47 years in the rail industry. Phil Kirkland, who is the head of maintenance delivery at system...
A South Western Railway train guard has hung up his whistle for good as he chooses life as a George Michael tribute act.  After serving customers on the railway for 16 years, Steve Mitchell...
Some months it’s difficult to know what to write in this editor’s column. The story of the railway is one that always has its twists and turns but, since taking over as editor last November, there hasn't...
Railway colleagues from all grades gathered at Southwark Cathedral to remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice fighting in the Great War. Estimates put the number of rail staff who enlisted to fight at...
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...
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
https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-october-19

A world class service

Earlier this year, Transport Focus revealed Heathrow Express (HEx) was - for the third time in a row - the train operator passengers are most satisfied with. HEx prides itself on delivering a first-rate...
On multibillion-pound megaprojects across the globe, clients are relying on the technical expertise of professional services firm Jacobs to overcome their biggest challenges.  Whether it’s this core capability or programme management, strategic consultancy, intelligent...
The cogs are turning on the RailStaff Awards as the grand celebration on November 28 creeps ever closer.  Hundreds of nominations are now live at www.railstaffawards.com and colleagues are busy voting to ensure their...
This year’s event was the tenth annual Safety Summit. Nonetheless a number of themes featured in the first Safety Summit are evidently still with us. This year’s host was Nicola Uijen who is the HSQE director for...
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,...

In focus: Lens technology

Protective eyewear manufacturer Bollé Safety has developed ‘Platinum’, an exclusive new permanent lens coating that provides wearers in the rail industry with improved levels of protection, comfort and clarity.  Covering both sides of the...
Describing what Route Services does is no easy task. Established in January 2016 to create a central provider of services to Network Rail’s geographical Routes, the specialist division has bases all over the country. It oversees tamping;...
Building Britain's railways in the 19th century was tough work. Railway companies initially recruited miners as they were accustomed to intense labour and also familiar with steam engines, which were used to pump out water. These men...
Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales, on 3 July 2019. It looks into what happened on the day and why and...

Angling victory

Gavin Millward, an electrical control operator for Network Rail, won the 30th RailSport National Angling contest with a total catch of 172lb 2oz. In second place was Jim Clewes with 146lb 6oz while Lee...
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

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

https://issuu.com/railmedia/docs/railstaff-december-19

West Coast appointments

Christmas work