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Specialist firearms officers to patrol UK train services

The British Transport Police has announced that trained firearm officers are to start patrolling onboard trains following the UK's increased terror threat level to critical. Armed officers have been patrolling the London Underground since December but...

French rail industry meets at SIFER

The UK has Railtex, Germany InnoTrans, and France SIFER. Staged every two years since 1999, the French event is billed as the country’s only international rail industry trade show. A three-day meeting held in Lille, in northern France, SIFER brings together stakeholders from across all sectors – from industry contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers and sub-contractors […]
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British Transport Police ramps up presence following Manchester bombing

Members of the public should expect to see more police patrolling Britain’s railway stations following the bomb attack in Manchester on Monday night. British Transport Police (BTP) will be deploying ‘more officers than usual’ –...

Railtex 2017 preview – the exhibitors you need to look out for

With over 450 exhibitors, there are certainly plenty of stands to visit at this year’s international exhibition of railway equipment, systems and services. Rail Engineer can’t hope to preview them all, visitors will just have to go around and see for themselves, but here is a selection (in alphabetical order and complete with its stand […]
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California High Speed Rail Authority CEO to step down

The CEO of the California high-speed rail project - which will become the USA's first true high-speed rail network - has announced he is to step down. After five years with the California High-Speed Rail Authority...

Virgin at 20

Andy Milne looks back at 20 years of Virgin’s involvement with the rail industry Well, my dear, how does it feel to be a Virgin again?’ 20 years ago, when Virgin first took to the metals, you could get away with such humour. Cue hearty gales of laughter down the line from Birmingham. Broken-hearted Miriam […]

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DB CEO steps down

Dr Rüdiger Grube, chief executive of German state railway company Deutsche Bahn (DB), has resigned his post. The group’s supervisory board unanimously agreed to accept his resignation effective immediately. Chief financial officer Dr Richard Lutz...

CH2M European MD to take over at HS2

Mark Thurston, currently managing director overseeing CH2M's European operations, including those in the UK, has been appointed as the new chief executive of HS2. The post became vacant when Simon Kirby left to join Rolls...

Leading Story

Just four weeks after taking over as the new chief executive of Story Contracting, Jason Butterworth (Pictured below) said he was enjoying his return to the rail industry. ‘Some of the people have changed, some of the structures have changed but the basic principles haven’t,’ says Jason, who had spent 15 years in the industry […]

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Embedding safety into 4LM

Managing risk on a project isn’t just about being the safety police, says Sarah; it is much more important to support and encourage safe practice. On something like the Four Lines Modernisation (4LM) project, probably one of the largest and most complex resignalling programmes in the world, that philosophy is being put to the test. […]

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