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California High Speed Rail Authority CEO to step down

The CEO of the California high-speed rail project – what would be 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 (CHSRA), Jeff Morales has announced his decision to resign in a letter sent to governor Jerry Brown and the […]
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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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Expansion at telent heralds digital revolution

As the Rail Delivery Group unveiled plans to progress the use of digital technology in the rail industry, digital communications pioneer telent is expanding its rail business to meet the challenge. Kevin Bonanno has joined telent as business development director. Drawing on over 20 years’ commercial experience in wireless, digital and fixed telecom solutions throughout […]

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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 will take over as interim CEO. After almost eight years as CEO, Dr Grube’s contract was reportedly due to end […]
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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 Royce as chief operating officer at the turn of the year. Since joining the rail industry as a TfL apprentice […]
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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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Fostering engineering equality

Gender equality was an ever-present theme throughout the US presidential election. It was the first time a woman had been a genuine contender for the job – a significant moment in history. The result will go down in history for very different reasons but it means the metaphorical glass ceiling will remain intact for a […]
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Apprentices going Underground with 4LM

Being scouted by a professional team is the goal for any aspiring footballer, but it’s also where the hard work really begins. ‘You’re classed as an apprentice, so you study while playing football for the first two years,’ explained Mitchell Nelson, who was signed by Colchester in 2009 before going on to spend two years […]
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Rail staff conquer Mount Kenya

A team of 20 intrepid rail staff has raised £90,000 for the Railway Children in a dramatic 11-day expedition to the summit of Mount Kenya. Climbers braved storm force winds and bad weather to raise money for the charity which helps children at risk on the streets. At a height of 4,985m, the group had […]
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Northern powerhouse turns apprenticeship hub

‘This is the start. This is the start of your career… Set your own targets, set your own goals,’ said the Mayor of Doncaster, Ros Jones, directly addressing a new cohort of Intertrain apprentices. On September 27, new and current apprentices were brought together at Intertrain’s Balby Court headquarters for a celebratory event entitled ‘Driving […]
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First class honours for Network Rail graduate and NTRS

Ambitious Network Rail graduate Lucy Hoyle won the 2016 Graduate of the Year award. Lucy, who studied geography at University College London (UCL) before joining the Network Rail graduate scheme in September 2015, said she had always been interested in working in infrastructure and construction. She is currently part of the Network Rail Transformation team, which is […]
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