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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...
Mark Wild is set to become the new chief executive of Crossrail Ltd. Since June 2016, Mark has been the managing director of London Underground, a role he will return to once the Elizabeth line has opened through central London. Mark...
Fabrice Muamba was one of the lucky ones. On 17 March, 2012, the former footballer collapsed on the field during a match. A cardiac arrest caused the 23-year-old’s heart to stop and for 78 minutes he was clinically dead. Each...
Bombardier Transportation has announced that Phil Hufton, the former managing director of Network Rail for England and Wales, will become its new managing director and chair from October 1. In addition, he will also become head of projects and lead...

RailStaff: 250 issues not out

When RailStaff was launched at the tail end of the last millennium, it wasn’t just the beginning of a new age for Britain’s railways. The print media landscape was also shifting, as newspaper editors - unimpressed by the thought...
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GTR’s new COO

GTR has announced Steve White will take over from Nick Brown, who is retiring after four decades in the rail industry, as COO in September. Formerly of Siemens, Eurostar and Silverlink Train Services, in his most recent role at London...
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...
Civil engineering firm Aspin has appointed Costain's former rail director Gren Edwards as its new chairman. Edwards brings with him a wealth of  experience in the rail industry. He was at Costain for seven years until December 2017 and previously spent...
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Heritage Rail (APPGHR) wants the law changing to legally allow under 16s to volunteer on heritage railways. APPGHR describes the Employment of Women, Children and Young Persons Act 1920 as "outdated" and  "divisive" as it makes...
Transport secretary Chris Grayling has appointed Sir Terry Morgan as the new HS2 chairman. Sir Terry has been the chair of Crossrail since 2009 and will replace outgoing chair Sir David Higgins on August 1. Announcements on HS2's new chief operating...
Transport for London's director of diversity and inclusion Staynton Brown explores how London Transport looked to the Commonwealth to help run the capital's transport network after the Second World War.   We often talk about London being a global city, which...
Network Rail has confirmed the date when chief executive Mark Carne will hand over the reins to his successor. Andrew Haines, incumbent chief executive at the Civil Aviation Authority, will take over on August 14, a day after Carne retires. Carne...
Groups of Greater Anglia systems technicians are being flown to Switzerland for an intense programme of maintenance training. The engineers will look after the operator's new Stadler trains and will spend six months travelling to the manufacturer's bases and its suppliers...
Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, has re-pledged the organisation's support of the armed forces community by signing an updated version of the Armed Forces Covenant. "We hugely value the role of the people from the armed forces in...
Syeda Ghufran has become ScotRail's first female engineering director - just eight years after first joining the train company. She joined the business as a engineering management trainee in 2013 and was most recently head of engineering depots, delivering many engineering...
Transport for London (TfL) has appointed WSP's operations director to lead its new international consulting business. Helen Murphy will join TfL as director of commercial consulting and international operations. TfL has said it wants its consulting arm to build on the...
The British Transport Police (BTP) has opened its first regional counter-terrorism unit as part of a "major uplift" in its counter-terrorism capabilities. BTP said the introduction of the unit at Birmingham New Street station is in response to the terrorist incidents that...
Porterbrook has continued its recent recruitment drive with the appointment of a new director for engineering services. In the last eight months, the Derby-based rolling stock operating company has appointed a new CEO, chief commercial officer, general counsel, head of...
Nottinghamshire-based piling and ground engineering specialists Van Elle has appointed a new chief executive. Incumbent Jon Fenton, who announced he was stepping down in November because of a serious illness in the family, is to be replaced by Mark Cutler. Cutler joins...
Infrastructure specialists Rail Safety Solutions (RSS) has announced the acquisition of Carillion Welding. The move sees 63 jobs secured and all pre-existing framework contracts transferred over. Richard Toy is the CEO of RSS's parent company, Auctus Management Group. He said: "This...
Open the doors, check the platform, close the doors and launch the train. This is the procedure for driving London Underground’s semi-automated S Stock trains. It sounds simple but the rollout of the revolutionary new signalling system which controls...
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Becoming a BTP dog handler

Unlike his cartoon namesake, Scooby the British Transport Police (BTP) dog runs towards danger. The English springer spaniel and his handler, Mark Sayer, are one of 13 pairings in the force’s specialist explosive search dog unit that put their...
Just a few months ago, Arriva Trains Wales appointed the UK’s first community rail apprentice. Danielle Hopkins, 23, said she had read about the position online and was drawn to the opportunity. The chance to become the link between an...
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