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
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...
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
When I was first asked to be one of the guest editors for this special issue focused on gender diversity, I jumped at the chance. Equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) has been close to my heart for...
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,...

Chaplains call for help

In times of need they are there without hesitation, offering a listening ear and confidential support. But now, in its time of difficulty, the Railway Mission is in need of help itself. From remote...

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...
If you’ve been to the RailStaff Awards, you’ll understand it’s an event like no other.  Not only does it bring frontline and corporate staff together in one big celebration of people, but it does...

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...

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...

Supplier of the Year

Buckingham Group stole the show at Network Rail’s Partnership Awards as it bagged three of 15 trophies - including the coveted Rail Supplier of the Year gong. Fergal Kiernan, senior project manager at Buckingham...
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...
When Lee Woolcott-Ellis was recognised at the 2018 RailStaff Awards, it launched a roller coaster ride that he’s yet to get off.  The Rail Person of the Year was awarded one of the night’s...
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...
Following the announcement that the charity’s colossus fundraiser will return, Adam O’Connor, RailStaff production director, recalls his unforgettable experience from 2010 Think back to 2009 and you might remember watching...
Stewart Thorpe finds out why so many service leavers turn to and succeed in the industry Come February 2020, Major Doug Hallam is set to call time on more than 35 years’ service in...
A new report from the Association of Community Rail Partnerships (ACoRP) has evaluated the benefits of the community rail movement to individuals, local areas and society. Across the country, an army of 8,500 volunteers...
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 –...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work