The East West Rail Alliance has appointed RSK Habitat Management to undertake soft landscaping works for East West Rail Phase 2, planting trees and shrubs over the next two years as part of landscape design and environmental mitigation.

Accessibilty Fund

Northern has announced the 13 bids chosen by the independent Northern Accessibility User Group to share £250 000 of funding for accessibility projects. These include schemes to install tactile wayfinding signs for people with visual impairments, immersive maps for people with autism and days out on the railway for students with special educational needs, and fitting handrails, ramps and automatic doors.

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Network Rail is seeking to engage with the market to identify mobile phone network data processing technology which could be used to understand passenger movements across the rail network.


Glasgow-based CKL is supplying new uniforms for ScotRail. The operator is moving away from the traditional suit-based uniform which included shirt, tie, waistcoat and blazer, to a ‘more modern and contemporary’ look including a bespoke polo shirt and softshell jacket. The traditional ScotRail blue has been replaced by navy blue.

Costain has appointed Andy Clarke to the new role of Integrated Transport Director. ‘By leveraging new technologies and even more collaborative ways of working, we can enable seamless, cleaner and more active journeys for customers’, said Clarke. ‘This is essential if we are to provide a compelling journey experience which encourages customers to opt for blended journeys, which help to reduce our carbon footprint.’

Technical recruiter Carrington West has been appointed as an approved supplier on the Network Rail Frontline Labour contract from October 2021 to 2029. ‘When we set up the rail team in 2015 our vision was to become one of the leading UK providers of recruitment solutions in the sector’, said joint owner Nick Rowe. ‘Our commitment to achieving this has resulted in us partnering with a stellar list of leading multi-disciplinary design consultancies, Tier 1 contractors and railway operators.’

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Avanti West Coast is investing £45m in a project with BT’s mobile telecoms arm EE to improve mobile and wi-fi infrastructure to enhance connectivity on the West Coast Main Line by June 2023.

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Keltbray has appointed Craig Moorfield as Group Technical Director and executive board member.

South Western Railway has launched a rewards programme offering discounts on local attractions when purchasing tickets directly from its website. ‘These rewards and offers do not just offer exclusive discounts, but also help support local businesses such as restaurants, bars, and tourist attractions off the back of what has been a difficult year for many’, said Commercial Director Peter Williams.

Steve Smith takes up the role of Managing Director at TES Communication Solutions

Transport sector radio communications specialist TES Communication Solutions Group has appointed Steve Smith as Managing Director, replacing Keith Edwards who moves into a new role as Technical Director. Judith Eastham has been promoted to Head of Business Development. The company’s recent projects have included providing enhanced voice and data capabilities for Transport for West Midlands.