Samaritans course leader wins Rail Trainer of the Year

Steve Tollerton, training officer for the Samaritans, has won this year’s Trainer of the Year Award at the RailStaff Awards 2012. Working for the Samaritans, Steve runs free training courses for frontline railway staff –...

Will rail miss Greening?

David Cameron’s reshuffle has removed the two senior ministers at the Department for Transport. Theresa Villiers goes off to Northern Ireland - a completely new portfolio for her. Everyone should wish her well. Writes...
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15 striking pictures of railways in Africa

Between the gorgeous backdrops of the African plains and deserts and the continent's socio-economic challenges, Africa's railways make for some striking pictures.

Driver retires after half a century on the railways

Greater Anglia's senior driver John Hockley retired on August 13, 50 years to the day since he started his railway career as an engine cleaner at Stratford cleaning B1s and N7s. Upon his retirement an...

Dax named BTP NW’s Special Constable of the Year

Special Constable Dax Byrne-Turner has been named British Transport Police North West Area’s inaugural Special Constable of the Year. In a ceremony held at BTP’s area headquarters last week, Dax, a student at the University...

Jacques Gounon: Imaginative, clever guy

Eurotunnel’s 20th anniversary marks a personal triumph for Jacques Gounon, the quietly spoken headmaster’s son from Créteil in south-east Paris. Writes Andy Milne The civil engineer took over as head of a beleaguered Eurotunnel in 2005 and spent two years wrestling with the organisation’s rapidly unravelling finances. By 2007 disaster loomed as Eurotunnel‘s battered officiers recommended […]

Top team changeover at FirstGroup

Mary Grant, managing director of the rail division at FirstGroup, is stepping down and leaving the company. Giles Fearnley, erstwhile chairman of Grand Central and ATOC and founder of Prism Rail, is joining FirstGroup as...

What they’re saying about rail apprenticeships

Enthusiasm among new people joining Network Rail’s apprenticeship scheme is helping attract more people to the industry. It’s hard work but railway banter and humour keep the new recruits going. One apprentice even made it to an assessment the day after a car accident so determined was he not to miss out. Says Jamie Mills, [...]

Amey’s work tackling youth unemployment receives Royal seal of approval

Leading infrastructure services provider Amey pledged to double its intake of apprentices at an event aimed at tackling youth unemployment, attended by HRH The Earl of Wessex, Lord Digby Jones, Local and Central Government,...

Viegas to head forum

Internationally renowned academic, José Viegas of Portugal, is the new Secretary-General of the International Transport Forum. ‘I am delighted to come to this job at this moment,’ says Mr Viegas who will be based in Paris. Alluding to the challenges Europe faces he went on, ‘The International Transport Forum faces great opportunities for a strategic [...]

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