RailStaff Awards

Humble beginnings

All companies have to start somewhere. For City Surveys – one of Network Rail’s trusted principal contractors, a multi-million pound turnover business – it began with a second-hand printer and a small loan to buy a single survey instrument. From just one employee in 2003, the company now employs 60 people out of three offices […]

Etihad Rail set to begin commercial services

Etihad Rail has said it hopes to start commercial services "shortly" on Stage One of the network. The line's operator, ERDB, has transported two million tonnes of sulphur over the past 12 months during trial services on the 264-kilometre route,...

Test train running on new Chiltern London line

Driver training has begun on the first new rail line to connect London and another major British city for over 100 years. The new Oxford Parkway to London Marylebone link - part of the wider East West Rail scheme -...

Stuttering coal at centre of rail freight decline

Figures released by rail regulator the ORR have shown a significant fall in the amount of freight moved in the UK in 2015. Between April and June, the volume of freight moved by rail fell by 17.7 per cent from...

Virgin salutes Depot Teams

2013 looks like being a busy and successful year for Virgin Trains, which is backing this year’s Depot Team of the Year at the RailStaff Awards. Says Tom O’Connor of the Rail Media Group, ‘We are delighted to welcome Virgin Trains back to the RailStaff Awards. Virgin is running more trains than ever and is [...]

London Underground backs Associate Sponsor

London Underground joins Network Rail as associate sponsor of the RailStaff Awards 2013. London’s Underground (LU) is one of the busiest urban rail networks in the world. The Tube carried more than 1.2bn passengers in 2012/13, as many as the entire National Rail network. With around three and a half million journeys made each day, [...]

Station refurbishment can regenerate wider community

As our roads become more congested and the green agenda encourages us out of cars and onto public transport, rail is becoming more important as a means of travel. Writes Dave Darnell, UK rail sector director, WSP Group With the average Brit making over 140 trips per year on a train, and all of them [...]

Video: RailStaff Awards 2012 highlights

Armed gangsters and flappers in feather boas welcomed 850 guests to this year’s RailStaff Awards at the ICC in Birmingham. Fat Tony and his gang shepherded rail barons, hitmen and mobsters along a gallery and into the legendary Rail...

Lifetime Achievement Award for Railway Children founder

The founder of Railway Children has been honoured almost 20 years after setting up the international safeguarding charity. David Maidment launched the charity in 1995 after witnessing first hand the appalling conditions homeless children have to endure on India's railway...

Heathrow Express driver wins Rail Person of the Year 2012

A Heathrow Express train driver has been recognised after she convinced colleagues to work a day without pay to support a fellow driver who had taken time off to care for his terminally ill mother. Cheryle Cowell, who has worked...
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Gian Paolo Gotelli to head up TX Logistik

Rail logistics group TX Logistik has appointed Gian Paolo Gotelli as its new CEO. TX...
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First train for Shanghai Metro line 14 completed

The first driverless metro train for Shanghai Metro’s Line 14 has rolled off the assembly line in CRRC Nanjing Puzhen.

The role of apprenticeships in filling the skills gap

Rail Forum Midlands talks about the skills gap and what its doing to bridge it

New train protection system for Irish Rail

Above - CPC commercial manager John Mogridge and Egis systems integration lead François Pignard looking at the in-cab display for the...

Stuart Calvert to be new Digital Railway head

Stuart Calvert, director of programme technical services and supply chain at Network Rail’s Group Digital Railway (GDR), has been announced as its new managing...