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Greater Anglia’s new train scoops gold in independent industry awards

Greater Anglia’s new three-carriage bi-mode train was crowned “most reliable train of its type” in independent industry awards based on reliability statistics. Greater Anglia, along with their maintenance partner Stadler, scooped two industry reliability awards for the train operator’s new...

Network Rail joins passengers at Leicester station to tackle trespass and vandalism

Network Rail, East Midlands Railway, CrossCountry and British Transport Police joined passengers at Leicester station as part of a scheme to tackle trespass and vandalism on the railway. Teams spoke to passengers and people in the community about the dangers...

Network Rail using innovative fibre-optic technology to boost railway safety and performance

Network Rail has awarded a contract to a consortium led by Thales Ground Transportation Systems Ltd to develop and trial Fibre Optic Acoustic Sensing (FOAS) technology that will support improvements in safety and performance on the railway. FOAS technology will...

Translink video promotes level crossing safety in Northern Ireland

Promoting the safe use of level crossings in Northern Ireland is a priority for Translink, which maintains 300 miles of rail track, including many bridges, level crossings and signals, as well as operating a fleet of 1400 buses, coaches...

Review: The Rail Safety Summit 2019

This year’s event was the tenth annual Safety Summit. Nonetheless a number of themes featured in the first Safety Summit are evidently still with us. This year’s host was Nicola Uijen who is the HSQE director for Network Rail’s...

RailStaff Awards: Talent in technology

The UK’s congested railways are becoming increasingly reliant on digital technology, with many rail operators choosing innovative software-based solutions over new infrastructure, which is often costly and disruptive to install.  With more than 30 years’ experience in the rail sector,...

RailStaff Awards: A new kingdom

We've announced the date, presented the host, revisited last year's big winner as well as entertainment of yesteryear, and now we're ready to reveal the theme of the 2019 RailStaff Awards. Continuing from 2018, it's a place of mystery and...

The role of apprenticeships in filling the skills gap

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 industry. Numerous organisations continue to report difficulty finding qualified people...

RailStaff Awards: Lifesavers

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 staff stepping out of their comfort...

RailStaff Awards: Celebrating extraordinary people

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 snap a final photo while customers...

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EMR and Hitachi Rail supporting jobs in Ripley and Burton upon Trent

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