TPE ‘ahead of the curve’ as almost a quarter of its engineers are women
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by Matt Atkins
2d ago
TransPennine Express (TPE) is ‘ahead of the curve’ as almost a quarter of the train operator’s fleet and engineering team are women. While the rail industry has been historically dominated by men, 22 per cent of the team employed are women – above the UK average of 16.5 per cent. Ahead of International Women in Engineering Day, on Sunday 23 June, Bushra Khan, head of engineering at TPE, said: “While we are well ahead of the curve, we want to continue to empower and inspire more women to join us in the rail industry. “It’s really important that women get into these roles so there is more repre ..read more
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Managing Director of West Coast Partnership Development awarded OBE
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by Matt Atkins
3d ago
Shamit Gaiger, managing director of West Coast Partnership Development (WCPD), has been awarded an Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the King’s Birthday Honours list. Shamit has been recognised for services to rail marking an extensive career working across the industry which has spanned 22 years. Before being appointed the Managing Director of WCPD in 2022, Shamit held a variety of roles in the sector including a post at the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), as Director of Strategy at National Skills Academy for Rail and leading the Rail Sector Deal on behalf of HM Government at the ..read more
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Alstom signs €323 million contract with Polo Logistica FS to supply Traxx Universal locomotives
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by Matt Atkins
3d ago
Alstom has signed a contract with Mercitalia Rail, a company of the Polo Logistica FS for the supply of 70 Traxx Universal locomotives for Italy, along with 12 years of full maintenance services. Some of the locomotives will be equipped with last mile technology. The contract is valued at over €323 million and includes the option to supply an additional 30 locomotives and an extension of the maintenance services. Traxx Universal is an advanced four-axle locomotive platform offering high energy efficiency and traction capacity. The design, coupled with an extended maintenance plan featuring re ..read more
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Southeastern launches its largest ever recruitment drive
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by Matt Atkins
3d ago
Southeastern has launched a major recruitment drive to encourage more people to opt for a career in rail. Opportunities are available in a range of roles. Southeastern wants to appoint 170 trainee drivers, more than 100 station staff, and more posts in roles such as Railway Enforcement and Protection, Onboard Managers, Train Conductors and Engineers. There will also be roles available in management and other specialist careers. In a typical year, Southeastern would recruit approximately 300 people to maintain the required number of colleagues to run one of the country’s biggest and busiest ra ..read more
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Kevin Gore appointed new boss of Northern’s Neville Hill TrainCare Centre
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by RailUK-admin
4d ago
Northern has appointed Kevin Gore as the new manager of its historic Neville Hill TrainCare Centre in West Yorkshire. Kevin, who takes up the role from Monday 1 July, joins Northern from Alstom, where he has been the manager of Wembley TrainCare Centre since February 2022. He has held a number of roles with Alstom, including senior operations manager for rolling stock modernisation and operations manager for the Pendolino fleet rebrand – both at the Widnes Transport Technology Centre. As a production manager at the Alstom TrainCare Centre in Liverpool, he also led projects on fleet WiFi upgra ..read more
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Passengers urged to check before they travel following incident in West Midlands area
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by RailUK-admin
4d ago
Emergency services responded to an incident in the Crewe area this morning, affecting train services in the West Midlands and the North West. Disruption to services is expected until later this morning. Network Rail is working closely with train operating companies to restore normal service. In the meantime, services may be cancelled or altered, including re-routing some services. “We are working closely with emergency services and train operating companies following the incident, said Paul Owen, Network Rail’s operations director for North West route. “Our priority is to get services running ..read more
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Half of all Great Northern trips to City of London now digitally signalled
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by Matt Atkins
5d ago
More than half the trains that Great Northern commuters take to Moorgate in the City of London are now controlled using ground-breaking digital signalling. The European Train Control System (ETCS) does away with the need for signals at the side of the track. Instead, drivers are continually fed a safe target speed to aim for on a computer screen in their cab. This allows trains to run closer together and enables a more consistent and reliable service for passengers. The first passenger train ran to the City of London using digital signalling technology in November 2023. Since then, Govia Tham ..read more
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Network Rail’s Sharon Salmon recognised in King’s Birthday Honours list
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by Matt Atkins
5d ago
Network Rail’s Sharon Salmon has been made a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to the railway and diversity and inclusion. In her 18 years at Network Rail, Sharon has devoted much of her time volunteering to help make Network Rail and the industry a more diverse, open & inclusive place for everyone, committed to removing barriers for people and helping Network Rail become increasingly representative of modern Britain. Sharon was a founding member of Network Rail’s Cultural Fusion Network (CFN) in 2014 – an employee network for black, Asian and minority ethnic em ..read more
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QTS announces promotions to senior team
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by RailUK-admin
5d ago
National rail contractor, QTS Group has announced several key promotions within its board of directors and a 25% growth in recruitment. As part of the QTS’s commitment to fostering talent and recognising exceptional leadership, the senior team changes will support its growth and operational excellence. Gary Burnett has been promoted to regional director for England & Wales whilst Barry McLeish steps into the role of Regional Director for Scotland, both bring a wealth of experience to further fortify QTS’s presence in its pivotal regions. In addition, Stephen Nutley has become operations d ..read more
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Weekend upgrades to impact East Midlands journeys
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by RailUK-admin
5d ago
Engineers will be working throughout Sunday 23 June to upgrade the signalling system on the Midland Main Line between London St Pancras and Wellingborough resulting in changes to train services. Mark Budden, route director for Network Rail’s East Midlands route, said: “Upgrading the signalling system is vital to keep services running safely and reliably. It’s a technically complicated piece of work so we cannot run any trains through the area while we carry it out. We want to thank customers for their understanding while we carry out these essential improvements.” Work is continuing to upgrad ..read more
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