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...
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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...
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.
Rail Forum Midlands talks about the skills gap and what its doing to bridge it Not a day goes by without some reference to the skills gaps in the rail...
Of the 20 trophies presented at the RailStaff Awards there is one that is more emotionally charged than all the others. The Lifesaver Award is a category that is inundated with stories of rail...

Sheriffs on patrol

Whether they’re opening a new building or marking a new milestone or landmark anniversary, MPs are often snapped celebrating special occasions with organisations associated to either their constituency or government department. So, when Land...
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...
Showman Richard Salkeld shone so brightly at the 2018 RailStaff Awards that organisers have signed him up to return for this year’s ceremony. Not only did his sequin jackets add a touch of glitz...
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...
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...
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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...
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...
Organisers have announced the 30th RailSport National Angling Championship will take place on August 14.  Makins Fishery, Wolvey, Warwickshire, will once more host the tournament. The site, which is split into three zones, has...
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...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work