On this page you will find recommended links (alphabetical order) for further reading on the rail industry.

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Reading Station, courtesy of Bechtel image library

Alstom  |  www.alstom.com/uk  |  @AlstomUK
In the UK, Alstom is active in the rail, power and electricity transmission sectors, operates from 30 sites and employs more than 6,500 people across the country. Around a third of all rail journeys in the UK are made on Alstom rolling stock, our generating kit powers half of the UK’s power stations, we are testing new tidal turbine technology in waters off Orkney, and we operate the only large-scale transformer manufacturing facility in the UK. Our sites in Stafford and Rugby have been at the forefront of engineering developments since the 19th-century and continue to produce cutting edge technology for projects across the world.

Atkins  |  www.atkinsglobal.com  |  @Atkinsglobal
Whether it’s the concept for a new skyscraper, the upgrade of a rail network, the modelling of a flood defence system or the improvement of a management process, Atkins, design and enable solutions. Atkins’ skills lie in the expansive area of infrastructure – the wiring of society – encompassing buildings; land, sea, and air transport; information communications and security systems; and utilities (including energy and water); as well as in our experience of working for a broad range of clients, including national and local governments as well as the commercial sector. The social and environmental framework of our work is crucial, and we view all our projects in the context of the communities in which they are delivered.

Bechtel  |  www.bechtel.com  |  @Bechtel
Bechtel (BEHK tl) is the world’s No. 1 choice for engineering, construction, and project management. Our diverse portfolio encompasses energy, transportation, communications, mining, oil and gas, and government services. We currently have projects in dozens of locations worldwide, from Alaska to Australia, from England to Chile. No matter how challenging a project or how remote its location, chances are Bechtel can handle it. That’s because we bring to every job an unmatched combination of knowledge, skill, experience, and customer commitment.

Bombardier  |  www.bombardier.com  |  @BombardierRail
As the world’s only manufacturer of planes and trains, Bombardier have built an extensive and diverse portfolio of winning mobility solutions. Everywhere people travel by land and in the air, a Bombardier product is ready to transport them. From category-defining business jets and commercial aircraft designed for the challenges of today, to sleek high speed trains and public transit that’s smarter than ever.

Costain  |  www.costain.com  |  @CostainGroup
The Costain Group is one of the UK’s leading engineering solutions providers, delivering integrated consulting, project delivery and operations and maintenance services to major blue-chip customers in targeted market sectors including Rail, Highways, Power, Airports, Water, Nuclear Process, Waste, Oil and Gas.

Greengauge 21  |  www.greengauge21.net  |  @greengauge21
Greengauge 21 was established in 2006 as a not-for-profit company limited by guarantee. The company was founded by Jim Steer, one of the UK’s leading transport sector specialists. The organisation has been conceived as an umbrella under which all those with an interest in a high speed rail network can come together and openly and publicly debate the merits of alternative routes, priorities and technologies, alternative implementation strategies and the economic and environmental benefits for Britain. Greengauge 21 has no vested interest and is not seeking to be part of any direct beneficiary (construction company, operating company etc.). The company seeks to act in the national and the public interest, by carrying out research and bringing forward evidence so that a full and open debate on high-speed rail can take place.

Hitachi  |  www.hitachirail-eu.com  |  @HitachiRailEU
Hitachi Rail Europe Ltd (HRE) is the European headquarters of the Transportation Division of Industrial & Social Infrastructure Systems Company of Hitachi Ltd. The Head Office is located in London and a maintenance depot for the Class 395 trains in Ashford, Kent. HRE is responsible for the business operation of the transportation division’s products and systems in Europe and makes use of the most up-to-date, modern and energy efficient engineering technology developed in Japan.

Keolis  |  www.keolis.com
Keolis is one of Europe’s leading public transport operators, established in 14 countries on four continents. The group offers a full range of transport solutions to meet the needs of local authorities and passengers and constantly strives to offer its clients mobility choices in tune with the priorities of each geographical region.

Laing O’Rourke  |  www.laingorourke.com  |  @Laing_ORourke
Laing O’Rourke is a privately owned, internationally focussed engineering enterprise with world-class capabilities spanning the entire client value chain. We operate an integrated business model comprising the full range of engineering, construction and asset management services delivering single-source solutions for some of the world’s most prestigious public and private organisations.

Parsons Brinckerhoff  |  www.pbworld.com  |  @pbworld
Parsons Brinckerhoff is a global consulting firm assisting public and private clients to plan, develop, design, construct, operate and maintain thousands of critical infrastructure projects around the world. Founded in New York City in 1885, Parsons Brinckerhoff is a diverse company of 14,000 people in more than 150 offices on five continents. With a strong commitment to technical excellence, a diverse workforce, and service to our clients, we are currently at work on thousands of infrastructure projects throughout the world. These range from the mega-projects that define an entire region to smaller, more local projects that keep a community humming.

Siemens  |  www.siemens.co.uk  |  @SiemensUKNews
Siemens provide innovative solutions to help tackle the UK’s major challenges, across the key sectors of energy, industry, infrastructure & cities and healthcare. Siemens has a significant presence throughout the UK, with 13 manufacturing sites and more than 25 major offices. Today the company employs over 13,760 people in the UK, including about 5,000 in the manufacturing sector.

Additional Links

Connected Cities  |  www.onevoiceforhs2.co.uk  |  @ConnectedCities
Connected Cities brings together business and political leadership to provide one voice for HS2 and improve transport links between the great cities of the North and Midlands.

HS2 Interactive Map  |  www.hs2.org.uk/interactive-map
TThis map has been designed to visualise where the new high speed line is proposed to go. Sections of the route may be subject to design refinements, and the line shown on this map may change alignment depending on the outcome of future consultations, but this map will remain up to date with the current and most accurate information.

Railway Technology  |  www.railway-technology.com  |  @Railway_Tech
Railway-technology.com, with its blend of news, analysis and special in-depth reports, gets straight to the heart of issues affecting the working lives of people dealing with technology in the railway industry. From boardroom directors to trackside staff, or third-party providers, railway-technology.com offers a comprehensive view of the industry, staying on top of the latest industry movements and views.

The Engineer  |  www.theengineer.co.uk  |  @TheEngineerUK
The Engineer website is the UK’s leading online resource for the engineering industry offering users the latest news and features, product news, video, blogs, podcasts, webinars and forthcoming events for the engineering technology sector.

The Institute of Technology and Engineering (IET)  |  www.theiet.org  |  @TheIET
The IET is a world leading professional organisation sharing and advancing knowledge to promote science, engineering and technology across the world. A professional home for life for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of essential engineering intelligence. The IET has more than 150,000 members worldwide in 127 countries.

The National Skills Academy for Railway Engineering (NSARE)  |  www.nsare.org
NSARE Ltd was established with wide railway industry support to help tackle current and future skills needs within the railway engineering industry. The industry’s vision is that by 2015, its engineering workforce will have the necessary skills to support the maintenance, development and expansion of a first-class, cost effective 21st Century railway. NSARE doesn’t deliver training — we work with employers to understand their skills needs, with training providers to ensure they are delivering what the industry needs and with other stakeholders, such as sector skills bodies and Government, to make sure that the industry has the right qualifications to support its vision.

The Rail Engineer  |  www.therailengineer.com
The Rail Engineer is a leading independent quality monthly magazine for engineers, project managers, directors and leading rail executive decision makers. Besides publishing the latest up-to-date rail engineering news, the team of engineer writers report on the engineering and technical aspects of many of the major projects being undertaken day in, day out, above and below ground, and across the globe.

Young Rail Professionals (YRP)  |  www.youngrailpro.com  |  @youngrailpro
YRP, founded in 2009, brings together young people from across the UK railway industry, covering all aspects of the industry from engineering, to asset management, train operations, strategic planning, rolling stock design, maintenance, franchising, regulation, marketing, etc.