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Mott MacDonald will support Hitachi in the implementation of its Tranista traffic management system for the Thameslink route. The engineering consultancy will advise on the necessary changes to operational roles, processes and decision-making, to support the introduction of the new...
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...
Striving to tackle the country’s rail capacity problem, companies are making a sustained push to digitise the railway. Stewart Thorpe reports from the Digital Rail Summit to find out what progress is being made. Would anyone hack a railway? That...
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...

Embedding safety into 4LM

Managing risk on a project isn’t just about being the safety police, says Sarah; it is much more important to support and encourage safe practice. On something like the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) project, probably one of the largest and...

Digital learning curve

Skills forecasting is a tricky business. With advanced programmes like Digital Railway, it is not easy to know exactly how technology will evolve in the next five to 10 years and what kind of skills will be required. ‘When I...
Being scouted by a professional team is the goal for any aspiring footballer, but it’s also where the hard work really begins. ‘You’re classed as an apprentice, so you study while playing football for the first two years,’ explained...
Pulling cable through the interconnected tunnels of London Overground’s East London Line while most people are asleep is a world apart from the predictable hours of most office jobs. As one of Carillion’s signalling and telecoms apprentices, Ben Dawson,...
Being invited to visit a live test site is a good indication that things are going pretty well or a project - not something you would say the sub-surface lines (SSL) resignalling programme has had much experience of. Metronet and Bombardier both took  on the project with...

Kellingley 7

Seven miners, made redundant when Kellingley Colliery in Beal, North Yorkshire, closed down last December, are fighting their collective misfortune by training for a new career in the telecoms industry. Sheffield-based Network Training and Resource Solutions (ntrs), the training and resourcing partner...
telent Managing Director, Rail, Steve Pears spoke to Marc Johnson about telent’s future and how new technology is the answer to rail’s skills challenge. The modern passenger takes for granted the ease with which they are able to make a call...
Chief executive of Keolis, and chairman of the Rail Delivery Group’s technology and operations working group, Alistair Gordon said the business case exists to accelerate the rollout of digital signalling in the UK. Speaking during the Future of Rail conference,...

Digital boost for Thameslink

Hitachi Rail Europe has been awarded the traffic management contract for Thameslink, another step towards the digital railway. Hitachi Rail’s traffic management systems support railway operations that can be reconfigured flexibly in keeping with passenger demand, to manage and control...

ROC and Role

Over the next few years, Network Rail is replacing the traditional signal box with 12 Rail Operating Centres (ROCs) and an advanced traffic management system which will make the railway safer, more efficient and easier to run. Six of...
The last resort Last month I suggested that the time was ripe for us to phase out the use of flags, whistles and horns as a way of protecting track staff from trains. Writes Colin Wheeler Nostalgia for the exciting days...
Eric Wright Civil Engineering has completed a re-signalling project on the Settle and Carlisle line further underscoring the rail industry’s bounce-back from the Beeching Report, 50 years ago. Once slated for closure the Settle and Carlisle now carries a burgeoning...

Kemble line to double

The Swindon to Kemble railway line is to be doubled and new signalling equipment installed. Network Rail’s £45m project to upgrade the line between Swindon and Gloucester via Kemble and Stroud will increase capacity allowing for the operation of four...

In-Cab signalling agreement

Network Rail has reached framework agreements with four suppliers for the development and design of a new, European-standard signalling system for Britain’s railways. ETCS does not require line-side signals and is cheaper to install than conventional re-signalling. Network Rail and its...

TQ Catalis top training

TQ Catalis, among the UK’s largest specialist rail training providers, delivers training and assessment of the highest quality in all rail engineering, safety and operational functions. Now part of Pearsons PLC, top education provider and with a rail pedigree extending...

Signal appointment for PB

Parsons Brinckerhoff has appointed Ian Bridges as its new Head of Signalling in Britain. The company’s UK rail activity includes engineering consultancy for some of Network Rail’s major projects including the Thameslink and Northern Hub programmes, Crossrail’s South East Section...
The signalling upgrade on the Camden Town to High Barnet/Mill Hill East branch of the Northern line is currently ahead of schedule. TfL says the Sunday late start ups planned for the next few months have been cancelled. The decision...
The Institution of Railway Signal Engineers has taken delivery of an historic locomotive nameplate. Class 37 locomotive no. 37232, belonging to DB Schenker, previously carried the name: ‘Institution of Railway Signal Engineers’ and had been designated for preservation by the...
Signal boxes, so long an essential part of the rail network, will be a thing of the past in 20 years time. Network Rail plans to consolidate all signal operation in 14 Control Centres. The aim is to apply universal...

RailStaff December: Railway royalty

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West Coast appointments

Christmas work