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A transport leader who previously managed the strategy for the £2 billion East Coast main line upgrade is set to join Transport for the North (TfN). Jeremy Bloom, previously of Highways England, AECOM, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Network Rail and London Underground, has been...
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Move for digital railway boss

Doug Blanc has moved from SNC-Lavalin to Ricardo, where he will lead the digital railway and digital resilience teams. Based at Ricardo’s Derby technical centre, Doug will work directly with clients to help them to deliver a secure and high...
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Atkins recruits Arcadis boss

Lizi Stewart, the managing director of Arcadis' highways and aviation business, is set to join Atkins. In her new role as managing director for transportation, she will be responsible for driving further growth in the rail, highways and local transport markets. Lizi will...
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RSSB selects new chair

Rail industry body RSSB has appointed Barbara Moorhouse as its new chair. Barbara is a non-executive director at Balfour Beatty, Microgen and Agility Trains. Her executive career encompasses board appointments in international IT companies, director general positions at the Ministry of...
Aspin Group's former head of business development has joined RSK Group. Adrian Calder, the new business development director for rail, will be responsible for identifying new opportunities in the sector, in which RSK has experienced year-on-year growth. Managing the tender process will...
Sharon Rice has been appointed the new national rail manager for groundworks and civil engineering firm Scott Parnell. Sharon has 13 years’ experience working in rail as part of the precast concrete products industry and will work out of Cheshire in...
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Waboso to leave Network Rail

David Waboso, the managing director of Network Rail's Group Digital Railway (DR), is to retire in March. In an internal memo, chief executive Andrew Haines said David leaves DR with a "fantastic legacy" and "clear direction for delivery through CP6...

Ergonomics expert joins WSP

WSP has appointed a human factors specialist to support on the design development of HS2’s Old Oak Common station. Neil Winchester will work with the rail planning and operations team to apply human factors thinking at the early design stage...
Long-term employee Finbarr Dowling (Pictured above in the centre) has taken on the newly created position of localisation director for Siemens Mobility. Finbarr has worked for Siemens for almost 30 years. Previously he was the customer service director for Siemens...

Steele leaves rail

Network Rail's commercial and development director Matthew Steele has left the rail industry behind and moved into the utilities sector. The chartered mechanical engineer was previously the programme director at Crossrail and also the head of power, communications and cooling...
Sean Blackmore, the former major projects director at Murphy & Sons, has been made rail director at Galliford Try. Galliford Try rail and aviation managing director Chris Scoffield said that Sean will "lead the next phase of our growth in...
Investor and developer Rock Rail has strengthened its executive team with the appointment of George Bearfield to the new position of health and safety director. George joins from the RSSB where he was the director of system safety and health. Prior...
A prototype AGV 'Pegase' carriage has joined a pair of former Eurostar powercars at the National College for High Speed Rail. The carriage was built in 2007 and previously formed part of a seven-car AGV train that was used to validate the...
A former HS2 technical director has been recruited to assist with the development of a high-speed network in New South Wales (NSW), Australia. Professor Andrew McNaughton will lead an expert panel which will assess and advise on the most appropriate routes,...
Arriva Rail London has appointed Kate Marjoribanks as its engineering director, a brand new role at the company. Kate has nearly 25 years’ experience in the rail industry and was previously the engineering director at Chiltern Railways as well as...
Eight unemployed youngsters have been offered jobs by Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) after graduating from its 'Get into Railways' programme with the Prince's Trust. HR director Andy Bindon said that seeing the youngsters with their "infectious desire to make a...
Simon Blanchflower has become the first CEO of the East West Railway Company (EWRC). Simon, who was most recently the programme director for the £7 billion Thameslink project, will lead the company through its next phase of development as it works...
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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...
Andrew Jones has been announced as the new rail minister following Jo Johnson's resignation. Jo, who assumed the role from Paul Maynard in January this year, resigned from government on November 9 and called for the public to have a fresh...
Frazer-Nash Consultancy has bolstered its growing rail group. Trevor Morgan (Above right) joins the company as rolling stock business manager and Ashley Stower (Above left) has been appointed as rail infrastructure business manager. Together they have a combined experience of 60 years...
FirstGroup has promoted chief financial officer (CFO) Matthew Gregory, who has also been the company's interim chief operating officer (COO) since May, to the position of chief executive. Matthew takes on the role with immediate effect. Chairman Wolfhart Hauser said: "Since...
Plantworx, the UK’s largest working construction machinery exhibition in 2019, will host a fully interactive construction 'Simulation Zone' to highlight the latest virtual reality technology and training opportunities. Located in the Indoor Arena, the zone will comprise six state-of the-art simulators to...
The RSSB has appointed two new board members as it seeks to build momentum to become a more customer and business-focused business. Caroline Fawcett joins as non-executive director and Paul Marchant, who is the organisation's chief finance officer, joins as an executive...
Airport rail link Heathrow Express (HEx) has made two key senior appointments. Les Freer (above left), formerly head of ground handling, strategy and licensing at Heathrow, joins as director while Sophie Chapman (above right) becomes head of operations. The change comes at...

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...

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