Staff welfare has long been thought to be an important part of any successful business. Although, in the past, the focus has been on the physical health of the individual rather than their mental health and wellbeing. In 2000, when...
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Diamond in the rough

Passenger Eileen Lawrence has shared her story of heartache and relief when her diamond wedding ring, which had fallen onto the track a day earlier, was found by Network Rail staff. When the ring slipped from Eileen's hand and bounced...
Paris Gare du Nord is 150 this year and it’s starting to show. Europe’s busiest station has been at the centre of a number of modernisations since it first opened in 1864 and to mark this latest milestone, it is to...
Frank Hoffman has been working on the London Underground (LUL) for over 26 years, 21 of them as a driver. Together with his partner, Mandy, Frank arrived at the RailStaff Awards and later in the evening was astounded to...
Oliver Marteaux, principal of horizon scanning at the RSSB, looks at wearable wellbeing.    RSSB, as part of the R&D cross-industry programme that it runs on the industry’s behalf, looks into emerging technologies and disruptive trends that are likely to have...
A former airport CEO is set to replace Stephen Glaister as the chair of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). Declan Collier, who recently left London City Airport, has been chosen as the preferred candidate by transport secretary Chris Grayling. The Transport Select...
Transport Minister Robert Goodwill visited Queensbury near Bradford today (June 23) where locals are trying to save a disused railway tunnel for future use as a cycle path. The structure, one and a half miles in length, is due to...
On the eve of his departure for a new life in Australia, Howard Collins, Chief Operating Officer of London Underground, speaks to Nigel Wordsworth. Howard has been at the heart of London Underground but is now taking his skills and...

Help in hard times

What can you buy for £1? You could pick up a couple of pints of milk. A chocolate bar, or two, if you’re lucky. Or, for £1 a week, you could become a member of the Transport...

Open day success

Staff at the Siemens train maintenance depot in Northam, Southampton raised £2,640 for those suffering with motor neurone disease by opening up the TMD for a behind-the-scenes Open Day. Over 1,700 local residents and rail enthusiasts turned up. Says Steve...
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Ex-HS2 CEO joins Nichols

Simon Kirby, the former chief executive of HS2 and chief operating officer of Rolls-Royce, has joined the Nichols Group as an associate senior advisor. In his new role, Simon will be responsible for strategic advice and will report to the...
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First shoots of HS2

Right now, across the country, thousands of people are starting work on HS2. After years of talk, preparatory work for Europe’s largest infrastructure programme is underway ahead of construction beginning in 2019. On 30 September, the Mayor of West Midlands...

New station for Westgate

Transport Minister, Simon Burns MP, interviewed in this edition of RailStaff, visited Wakefield Westgate station, to check out progress on the £8.8 million new station project. Construction work at Westgate began earlier this year and the new station is scheduled...

Daventry expands north

An extension to Daventry International Rail Terminal (DIRFT) has been agreed by government and work will start in the next few weeks. DIRFT III marks a massive expansion of the rail hub site with an extended railway line, 15 new...

Class 800 Heads East

The Intercity Express Programme has made further progress this summer as Patrick McLoughlin confirmed a £1.2 billion order for a fleet of Class 800 trains for the East Coast main line. The 270 carriages will be assembled at Hitachi Rail...
Gary Campbell of Virgin Trains has won this year’s Samaritans Lifesaver Award. A normal afternoon at Crewe station turned into a life and death drama after a woman tried to take her own life on the station. Gary Campbell of...

Record membership for TBF

Wayne Probert, a trackman with network Rail at crewe, has become the 40,000th member of the Transport Benevolent Fund. Mr Probert signed up on 28th March. Says Chris Godbold, Director of the Fund, ‘We now have more than 2,000 members...
The 2017 Digital Rail Summit examined the visible and invisible aspects of digitising the railway and took place at Bird & Bird's offices in London on April 26. The following is an excerpt of a full report from the summit, which will...
The term DOO (Driver Only Operation) has created mayhem in railway circles recently, with much publicised industrial action taking place that has caused misery to thousands of rail travellers. Widespread comment has appeared in the national and local press,...

Technically speaking

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is looking for the Technician of the Year - entries are open until the end of May. It could be the winner is right here among RailStaff and Rail Engineer’s dynamic readership. All...
Around 4,500 ScotRail employees will now have easy access to advice on how to prevent suicides on the railway thanks to the rollout of a new mobile app. Developed by Network Rail in partnership with Samaritans, the app gives employees guidance...
Twenty years after the Southall rail crash, the RSSB has said that the risk of trains passing red signals has been cut by more than 90 per cent. On September 19, seven people were killed and 139 injured when a high...

The bridge to success

Bridgeway Consulting is supporting the Rail Safety Person of the Year award at the RailStaff Awards 2014, held this year for the first time, at a bigger location, Coventry Ricoh Arena. Bridgeway Consulting, which has supported the RailStaff Awards...
This August will see Paul Russell mark his first full year as the Head of CIRAS, the UK rail industry’s confidential reporting and analysis system. The year has been an interesting one with many challenges and one that has been...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work