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Neil Hannah to chair NCB

Network Certification Body (NCB), which provides a system-wide approach to railway assurance and certification on infrastructure, vehicle and freight projects, has announced the appointment of Neil Hannah as chairman, succeeding Tim Dugher. Neil, a physicist by training,...

Morson develops app to check if contractors are ‘fit for work’

Responding to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic, rail recruitment specialist Morson Group is preparing to supply its 3,000 remote workers with early intervention technology that will help to identify whether contractors are experiencing common signs and symptoms of...

Who should be responsible?

An informed look at suitability, competences, training and personal accountability Trained competences are essential for the safe and reliable operation, maintenance and renewal of our heavily used railways. RailStaff safety commentator Colin Wheeler considers...

Managing competency brings improved safety

James Fox, commercial director and co-founder at 3squared, explains how technology, in the form of digital apps, is consistently driving safety and operational working standards across the sector Organisations at all levels of the...

STEM with a difference

Paul Darlington joined a STEM event with a difference as 32 young women from Manchester took a train to Liverpool Many roles on the railway today are hidden from the public. Passengers see station...

Preparing for a new jobs boom

With some skills and professions in short supply, rail contractors depend on experienced recruiters to complete their teams and ensure the successful delivery of projects As staff shortages start to appear with the increase...

Planning for the unthinkable

Working on the rails is a risky business. Risk is a funny thing though. It must be taken in context, and fully understood, in order to make a judgement on how properly to insure a situation. If...

Signalling failures: why do we hear about them so much?

We often hear that “trains are delayed because of a signalling failure”. But why do we hear about it so much, and is it because there are more signalling failures? Signalling is fundamental...

Interim report on Port Talbot track worker fatalities reveals “there was no safe system of work in place”

Network Rail has released an interim report into the fatalities that occurred at Margam, near Port Talbot in South Wales, on 3 July 2019. It looks into what happened on the day and why and...

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...

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Key workers get free parking at stations

The railway industry is helping key workers by giving them free parking at stations as the country...

Telent to provide CCTV support for Elizabeth line

Telent Technology Services, the leading technology and network services company, has been awarded a five-year contract by Transport for London (TfL) to support and...

Railway workers make sure vital supplies get through

While passenger services have been cut back due to the Coronavirus epidemic, rail’s freight services have been carrying on regardless.

LNER Sandwiches go to those fighting hunger

In a move to continue support its suppliers and communities during the Coronavirus outbreak, London North Eastern Railway (LNER) is supplying fresh sandwiches, that...

New Direct Award Contract for Southeastern

Southeastern has confirmed that the Department for Transport (DfT) has awarded a Direct Award Contract that will allow the Southeastern franchise to continue operating...