The first of Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) Class 387 Great Northern Electrostar trains has completed static testing retrofitted ETCS.
Alstom NUG Propulsion System Co. has successfully applied its silicon carbide and permanent magnet motor propulsion system on a demo train.
The first Talgo Avril very high-speed trains will be ready to enter commercial service on Renfe's network from November 2023.
Alstom, Gulermak and Arcada have been contracted by Cluj-Napoca in Transylvania, Romania to construct the city's metro line 1.
The UK government has announced a 72 million GBP package to help deliver more reliable trains in Manchester.
Washington Metro has presented the latest design concepts for its future fleet of trains that will be produced by Hitachi Rail.
Dawlish Sea Wall is set to open to the public at 2pm on 25 May following an 80 million GBP investment to help protect the key railway line.
Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM) has appointed DB ESG to deliver the tram safety improvement programme for its Metrolink service.
LA Metro has announced that the Regional Connector light rail transit project will officially open to the public on 16 June.
The Cross River Rail project has reached new milestones in testing ETCS Level 2 signalling on the Shorncliffe Line in South East Queensland.
HS2 workers have completed the first base slab concrete pour at the western end of Old Oak Common station, advancing progress on the key infrastructure project....
Network Rail has announced the next step in its plans to deliver digital signalling across the first section of the East Coast Main Line.
Network Rail has published its 44 billion GBP five-year plan to improve the railway in England and Wales throughout Control Period 7 (CP7).
Hong Kong's Mass Transit Railway (MTR) has contracted Wabtec to modernise 25 Mk3 battery-electric locomotives.
The penultimate train has arrived in Hawaii prior to the Honolulu Rail System commencing passenger service on 30 June this year.
The London boroughs have collaborated on a list of infrastructure projects that should be prioritised, including the Bakerloo line extension.
Hitachi Toshiba Supreme Consortium has been awarded a contract to supply 12 high-speed trains for the Taiwan High Speed Rail Corporation.
LNER, Agility Trains and Hitachi Rail have signed an agreement to define how they will effectively collaborate over the next three decades.
Deutsche Bahn (DB) has announced a 2 billion EUR investment in 73 new ICE trains from Talgo and Siemens Mobility.
The Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) has selected three prequalified teams to submit proposals for its Red Line Extension (RLE) project.
Stadler has laid the foundation stone for its new maintenance plant for battery trains in Rendsburg, Germany.
A consortium of Webuild, Ghella and Impresa Pizzarotti has been awarded two RFI contracts to construct high-speed rail lines in Italy.
ORR has written to Network Rail to express concerns about its backlog in examining the condition of railway structures.
Alstom and Danish State Railways (DSB) have unveiled a full-size model of the new IC5 Coradia Stream train to the Danish public.
Brightline has become the first passenger rail service to offer Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband service on its trains.
Siemens Mobility has completed a re-signalling project in Gauteng, South Africa to improve the reliability and safety of PRASA services.
LNER is introducing simpler and more flexible fares across its network as part of its mission to transform the UK's ticketing system.
FS Italiane Group has ordered 40 Siemens Mobility Vectron locomotives for TX Logistik AG to operate on the Rhine-Alpine Corridor.
Transport Secretary: Transpennine Express won't have its contract renewed. Instead, it will be brought into Operator of Last Resort.
The FRA has announced the availability of 5.8 million USD in funding for the Interstate Rail Compacts (IRC) Program.
Amtrak has announced plans to renovate its maintenance facilities in Seattle, Boston, New York City and Washington, DC.
Mitsubishi Heavy Industries will supply Singapore’s LTA with an additional 8 two-car trains for the Sengkang-Punggol LRT network.
Northern has upgraded its depot in Barrow-in-Furness to enable longer trains to operate between Cumbria and Manchester.
The city of Belgrade has contracted DB Engineering & Consulting to project manage the construction of its first metro.
The FTA has awarded 703 million USD in funding to six projects in six states to replace aging passenger railcars.
Professor Mariana Mazzucato will take to the stage for the UITP Global Public Transport Summit as 2023 keynote speaker.
Metro trains have commenced testing under Sydney Harbour as part of the Sydney Metro City & Southwest project.
The New Zealand government has approved funding for 18 new tri-mode trains for the Lower North Island Rail line.
Shahar Hania, CEO and Founder of Rail Vision, says it is time for trains to be fitted with advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS).
As construction continues on the Riga Central Railway Station, Rail Baltica has presented its vision for the future station building.
Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) has unveiled a Rail Inspection Vehicle (RIV) manufactured by MERMEC to identify issues along the track.
Adif has contracted Alstom to develop a new European Traffic Management System (ERTMS) for low-density lines.
Early construction activities are now underway on Amtrak's B&P Tunnel Replacement Program, which commenced in March 2023.
Siemens Mobility has presented the final designs of the Mireo Plus H and Plus B trains for Niederbarnimer Eisenbahn (NEB).
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have released a RFQ for the Advance Tunnel Contract package for the Yonge North Subway Extension.
Škoda Group has been awarded a contract to modernise six Nightjet couchette coaches for ÖBB in Austria by 2024.
Under a new group order, Alstom will supply the metropolitan areas of Toulouse, Brest and Besançon in France with a total of 22 Citadis trams
The 2023 edition of Rolling Stock Networking will be the place to network, make new industry contacts and strengthen existing relationships.
The Global Centre of Rail Excellence (GCRE) has taken delivery of its first rail carriage, marking the start of a new partnership with Talgo.
Île-de-France Mobilités has received the final tram for the T10 tramway, which will connect Clamart and Antony in just 25 minutes.
Alstom has been awarded contracts worth 54 million EUR to provide train-control and signalling systems for Delhi MRTS Phase-IV.
Transport for London (TfL) has confirmed that the full peak Elizabeth line timetable will be introduced on Sunday 21 May 2023.
With Railtex taking place in Birmingham, we take a look at the history of Birmingham’s Curzon Street within the context of HS2.
Alstom has been contracted to supply SNCF Voyageurs with 60 additional RER NG trains for lines RER D and RER E on the Île-de-France network.
Jonn Elledge on the absolute madness that is terminating HS2 at Old Oak Common rather than Euston for the foreseeable future.
Railtex will once again explore the latest products and services aimed at improving the efficiency, safety and sustainability of rail.
Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR) first Class 387/1 Electrostar train has been retrofitted with ETCS in-cab signalling.
Canadian National (CN), Union Pacific (UP) and GMXT have established Falcon Premium, an intermodal service between Mexico, the US and Canada.
LA SkyRail Express (LASRE) has partnered with Keolis to deliver a high-capacity SkyRail system between the San Fernando Valley and Westside.
Québec City has awarded a 900 million EUR contract to Alstom for the supply of 34 Citadis trams for the Québec City Tramway.
The FRA has concluded a series of meetings with stakeholders on its Amtrak Daily Long-Distance Service study.
We've published our second issue of the year of our digital magazine, in anticipation of Railtex, which takes place in Birmingham in May.
Danske Statsbaner (DSB) has ordered an additional 8 Talgo 230 trains under a 2020 framework agreement with Talgo.
Great Western Railway (GWR) and Eversholt Rail have extended their maintenance partnership with Hitachi Rail.
Schneider National has signed an agreement with Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC) to provide an intermodal service on CPKC’s corridor.
Brightline has unveiled its new station at Orlando International Airport (MCO) and has announced that tickets for the service will go on sale in May.
The Greater Cleveland RTA has selected Siemens Mobility as the preferred vendor to replace its ageing rolling stock.
CZ Loko has delivered a EffiShunter 1000 four-axle shunting locomotive to chemical company, BorsodChem in Hungary.
A consortium consisting of Siemens Mobility and Rail Vikas Nigam will provide rail electrification technologies for Gujarat Metro.
HS2 has received design approval for Small Dean Viaduct, which will take HS2 trains across the A413 and local rail lines.
The Eurometropole of Strasbourg and CTS have selected Alstom to supply new trams for the city of Strasbourg, France.
Alstom will supply Level 2 European Train Control System (ETCS) signalling for 37 HLD77 locomotives in SNCB’s fleet in Belgium.
Hitachi Rail will test the latest rail technologies, including battery systems and digital solutions at the Global Centre of Rail Excellence.
Canadian Pacific (CP) and Kansas City Southern (KCS) have officially combined to create Canadian Pacific Kansas City (CPKC).
Singapore's Land Transport Authority (LTA) has awarded contracts to Siemens Mobility and ST Engineering for the Cross Island Line (CRL).
Amtrak has commenced the procurement phase for the construction of the New York East River Tunnel Rehabilitation project.
Siemens Mobility's Vectron locomotive has received official approval to operate on the Scandinavian Corridor.
Siemens Mobility has announced that Brightline will implement Sqills' S3 inventory and reservation system to support its Orlando expansion.
PANYNJ has announced that the first of 72 new rail cars will enter service next week as part of its PATH Improvement Plan.
GB Railfreight (GBRf) has contracted Stadler to provide full service for up to 30 Class 99 bi-mode Co’Co locomotives.
The China-Laos Railway commenced cross-border passenger services between Kunming and Vientiane on Thursday 13 April.
The first Class 93 tri-mode locomotives for Rail Operations Group has completed testing at Stadler’s facility in Valencia, Spain.
The government has published its UK Wireless Infrastructure Strategy, which includes a focus on improving mobile coverage for rail.
Skanska Costain STRABAG JV has launched HS2's third London tunnel boring machine (TBM), 'Lydia' to construct the Atlas Road Logistics Tunnel.
Knorr-Bremse has begun testing its digital automatic coupler (DAC) in real-world conditions on a freight train in Sweden.
Alstom has been awarded a contract to provide operations and maintenance services for the Maryland Area Rail Commuter network.
Infrastructure Ontario and Metrolinx have issued RFPs for two major works packages for Toronto's Ontario Line.
Territorial planning procedures for Rail Baltica's Kaunas railway hub in Lithuania have entered the coordination and approval stage.
The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority's Yellow Line will reopen on 7 May following key rehabilitation work.
Northern and the University of Sheffield have developed new ‘supersonic-cryogenic’ technology that can be fitted onto trains to clear leaves.
Governor of Bangkok, Chadchart Sittipunt, will deliver the opening keynote address at the upcoming Asia Pacific Rail on 31 May 2023.
Midland Metro Alliance has commenced vehicle testing on the Wolverhampton City Centre Metro extension tram line. With testing and commissioning now underway ...
Northern has completed its 'digital train' programme following 183,000 hours of work and the installation of 725 kilometres of electric cable.
The Colas Rail / Alstom consortium will supply the track and overhead catenary system for the 2nd section of Grand Paris Express line 17.
RET Metro has launched a last-mile connection equipped with Alstom's signalling system from Rotterdam to Hoek van Holland Strand station.
Take a look at the post-event report for WOF SUMMIT Vienna, where delegates discussed challenges and opportunities in the logistics industry.
Siemens Mobility has announced plans to expand its manufacturing facility in Munich-Allach to meet growing production demands.
Giuseppe Marino has been appointed as the new Group CEO of Hitachi Rail and will now lead its expansion of capabilities and capacity.
CAF has been contracted to manufacture 18 Coradia Polyvalent regional trains for the south of France and the nation of Senegal.
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01 May 2018
Sexual Harassment in the Rail Industry
By K. P. Brookes
A rail manager thought nothing of saying this to a subordinate. Even though the subordinate made requests for the comments to stop, the manager repeated this regularly for the next two years, only varying the type of animals his colleague was supposedly attractive enough to have sexual relations with.
Whether you think this is disgusting or just a bit of harmless banter, sexual harassment is clearly defined (Citizens Advice) as unwanted behaviour of a sexual nature that violates someone’s dignity, makes them feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated or creates a hostile/offensive environment. It is worth noting that such harassment can also include sexual comments, jokes, unwelcome sexual advances, displaying pictures of a sexual nature and sending inappropriate emails.
Significant research concludes that for millions of people sexual harassment is a common feature of their working lives. Sexual harassment is also down to the judgement of the person on the receiving end. If they are feeling sexually harassed, then it should be their right to challenge it.
It has been nearly ten years since the Mail Online
This was followed up by a report in the Guardian in 2011, which named Peter Bennett as the executive. Antony White QC was appointed by Network Rail to investigate allegations of impropriety within the company. During his investigation White expressed his amazement at Bennett’s behaviour and that there was no record of him ever being disciplined. He also heard evidence about Bennett’s
The QC also looked into separate allegations that the company misused public funds by
(This does not appear to have been disputed by Network Rail at the time.)
In the decade since these reports, has the attitude towards sexual harassment within the rail industry really changed? With the international spotlight firmly focused on the film industry and political sphere, is it not time that the rail industry takes a long uncomfortable look at itself?
Under the Equality Act of 2010, sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination. Cases of harassment from people employed within the rail industry range from inappropriate jokes and comments, displays of offensive images, unwelcome physical contact, to stalking and even sexual assault.
The 2016 (10 August) “Still just a bit of banter? Sexual harassment in the workplace in 2016” study by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD), via the Trade Union Confederation (TUC), is the largest of its kind for a generation and is cited by leading academic Dr Jane Pillinger as one of the most extensive pieces of research on sexual harassment at work in Europe. Carried out by YouGov, the research was based on the opinion of women who were working or who had ever had a job and were happy to be surveyed about this topic, from an overall sample of British adults.
Of those surveyed
Perhaps the most disturbing statistic of all
Harassed employees can be reluctant to come forward because of fears that their concerns will not be addressed or that the report will be trivialised and subjected to ridicule. It is essential for employers to facilitate a work climate where people feel comfortable to speak up because, ironically, if victims choose to ignore any unwelcome behaviour it will often then be escalated by the perpetrator. Silence is regarded as acceptance, as detailed in the TSSA Rep’s bulletin ‘An absence of complaints about sexual harassment does not necessarily mean an absence of sexual harassment’.
Both men and women suffer from sexual harassment and should have the same rights to the protection of their dignity. Studies have found that sexual harassment is still endemic, often hidden, and present in all kinds of companies.
Often in harassment cases, colleagues know exactly what is going on but say nothing. When the employee in the instance detailed at the beginning of this article finally reached breaking point, and raised their concerns to Human Resources, the dozens of people who overheard the remarks were struck down with total amnesia. No one who had heard the comments, would remember them. As the victim had feared, they were then completely isolated by their colleagues. The manager in question was vindicated and the rest of the team were so disrespectful and dismissive of the person who had raised the complaint, that they inevitably sought employment elsewhere.
This is not an isolated incident. When a rail trainer ‘joked’ to the people in his training group that he was in a sexual relationship with the only female trainee, the men in the group all laughed at her embarrassment. When Human Resources spoke to the trainees to ascertain what had been said, not one of the group could remember anything about these comments. The onus remains on the individual to prove that the harassment has taken place and with the existing code of silence, this is next to impossible.
A 2014 study Violence Against Women by the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency (TUC – ‘Protection from Sexual Harassment, brochure) found that one in three women who had experienced sexual harassment felt fearful as a result, while one in five felt ashamed of what had taken place. Subsequent feelings of vulnerability were experienced by 20% of women, anxiety by 14% and loss of self-confidence by 13%.
Sexual harassment can have a long-lasting and devastating effect on the health, confidence, morale and performance of those on the receiving end. Anxiety and stress commonly lead employees to be less efficient at work, to take sick leave or seek employment elsewhere. This can in turn impact their future career prospects. There may also be damaging impact on those who witness or are aware of this unwelcome behaviour in their work place. Ultimately the employer will also suffer.
With so many widely publicised investigations over recent years, it would be fair to conclude, that there may be sexual harassers in every industry and in every walk of life. It is how we, as an industry, address these types of issues moving forward that will define us in the future.
Any business where there is an imbalance of power can be a breeding ground for a culture of harassment. While women and minority groups are making their way through the ranks there is still a great power divide. Groups within the industry are seeking to redress the balance.
ASLEF, for example, have declared a genuine commitment to a diverse railway industry which ‘represents 21st century society’. They have acknowledged that within the grade of train driver (which constitutes the overwhelming majority of ASLEF members) very few women and black and ethnic minority people are employed. They have recognised the impact of member issues including harassment and introduced an aspirational Equality and Diversity Charter in 2015.
Unfortunately, not everyone shares this commitment of significantly reducing or eliminating cases of sexual harassment in the workplace. Following the recent incident at the Presidents Club, the Fawcett Society released a report saying that until 2010, section 40 of the Equality Act protected employees from sexual harassment from third parties in the workplace.
In 2013 this was repealed so employees are not protected from sexual harassment at work if they are harassed by a customer, client or contractor! Organisations like the Presidents Club could turn a blind eye to blatant sexual abuse because they weren’t culpable. With so many rail employees in customer-facing roles, is it not time that we took the lead in providing specific protection for our personnel?
The #MeToo movement is proving that those who commit sexual harassment can and will be held accountable by the people who work for or with them. As an industry we have the chance to take the lead, ensuring that perpetrators are held accountable by their workplace until the law has a chance to catch up. Our other option is to continue to ignore, undermine or placate those unfortunate enough to be experiencing sexual harassment at work. And in that world situations like the following won’t stop: when an employee arranged to meet a senior manager after being on the receiving end of lewd texts and unwelcome physical contact from their line manager, the senior manager said,
And that was that.
If you have been affected by issues raised in this article, please contact your Union or Citizens Advice.
The TUC Protection from Sexual Harassment 2016 ‘Know Your Rights’ Booklet, also contains a lot of valuable information.
The Equality Committees produce a newsletter called Equally Driven. This is available to all women, ethnic minority and LGBT ASLEF members. Please contract Head Office on 020 7324 2400. Alternatively, you can also view a copy online.