WSP Rail’s managing director, Darren Reed, and equality, diversity and inclusion (EDI) manager, Abi Frost, discuss how HS2 is helping the business and the industry tackle one of its most endemic challenges
Jean Cockerill, people director at Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), on building an inclusive workplace where diverse talents can thrive I’m relatively new to rail – I started in the industry...
Ford & Stanley chairman Peter Schofield asks whether talent policies are costing rail companies more than they save The UK rail sector is currently in the midst of a conflicting...
Sam Brunker recalls how Network Certification Body was established and discusses what he’s doing differently as its new managing director After six years at the helm, James Collinson stepped down...

V for vitality

Why one of the uk's largest suppliers of skilled labour has launched a health mot roadshow When’s the last time you went to your doctor's surgery for a health check-up?...

How to procure innovation

Stuart Cairns, Claire Gamage & Chris Murray, of law firm Bird & Bird, encourage the public sector to be bold to boost innovation Government is regularly...
Multinational engineering firm AECOM has organised open days across the country as it seeks to bolster its team with talented new recruits. In February, company representatives will be hitting the road to meet candidates in Manchester, Bristol, London Aldgate, Croydon,...

My Life in Rail: Michele Swan

BakerHicks’ project manager Michele Swan on her unusual path into the industry, station renewals and a love of bridge reconstructions   In Stanford-le-Hope, Essex, the fruits of a rail renaissance are obvious. As well as being home to one of the...
Specialist infrastructure services provider Auctus Management Group (AMG), as well as its subsidiaries INFRA Skills and RSS Infrastructure (RSSI), have relocated their headquarters to a new 10,000 sq ft premises in the heart of the West Midlands. The milestone move...

Colas Rail: Sense of identity

From rail grinding to freight, on-track plant to train maintenance, it’s difficult to know where to start with Colas Rail. A series of acquisitions and mergers over the last decade have given the UK subsidiary of the French construction...

Ganymede at 20

Safety and milestone celebrations at one of the industry's leading contingent labour suppliers   Gary Lobue, head of HSEQ at Ganymede, has made it his number one priority to boost staff confidence to challenge unsafe working practices. Over the next year,...
Report by Pete Schofield, Ford & Stanley chairman   When we’re running our leadership development workshops, we like to generate passionate discussion within the group so pose questions that energise people and divide opinion. There’s one question almost guaranteed to work:...

Vital intervention

Delays and cancellations on the line due to unauthorised access especially from those contemplating suicide are all too common. Fatalities are another troubling reality for staff on the front line, with 273 suicides or suspected suicides on the railway...
Report by Niamh McMahon, health and wellbeing specialist, RSSB   At RSSB the topic of employee health and wellbeing in the rail industry is not a new one but it has gained increasing attention in the past few years. Employers in...
Speakers from Network Rail, HS2 and the ORR will offer their insights into the challenges facing rail health and safety professionals approaching the start of the next control period. Ahead of this year's conference, find out a bit more about...
Major players in the rolling stock sector are confirming their places at the UK’s leading rail event, Railtex 2019. With the face of UK rail changing and a growing demand for modern and improved systems and assets fuelling an overhaul...
Britain has enjoyed the joint hottest summer on record in 2018, but, unfortunately, the time is fast approaching when we have to put away the flip-flops and start to think about the colder months which lie ahead. This means making...
Network Rail has redeveloped the 180-year-old London Bridge station – the fourth busiest station in the country with over 54 million passengers passing through every year. To redevelop such a vast, complex site Network Rail required a team that...
Stobart welcomed representatives from Network Rail, Skanska, Amey Sersa, Nexus, Babcock, Buckingham Group, Morgan Sindall, GKD Technologies and West Cumbria Mining to get up close to plant innovations designed to deliver greater reliability and safer worksites. The display was part...
The rail industry is living in the eye of a perfect storm that is signalling major problems ahead unless a solution is found, and with some urgency, according to talent acquisition specialist Sam Ford. On the surface, it is a...

Sustainable Delivery

With more than 2,000 sponsored staff, Vital is one of Britain’s largest suppliers of rail contingent labour. Its clients rely on it to supply the highly skilled people required to build and service the railway and these staff rely...
Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) has been awarded the SME of the Year award at the 2018 Rail Partnership Awards. The award ceremony is part of a partnership between Network Rail and Rail Media to recognise the outstanding work organisations are...
Research & Development (R&D) Tax Credits can be a real benefit for qualifying companies. First introduced by the Government in 2000, they have provided over £6 billion in benefit to UK companies in the form of corporation tax reductions,...
Stobart Rail & Civils’ managing director looks towards CP6 and explains why the company is barking up the right tree with its latest venture Stobart Rail & Civils was founded in 1993 as WA Developments and, since then, has grown...

West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he...

Christmas work