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Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27.03.20: As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail industry have expressed their support for the country’s response. Network Rail’s Comme...

Children and parents reminded of the dangers around the railway

Children and parents reminded of the dangers around the railway

23.03.20: Following the news on Friday that schools will be closed for the foreseeable future, British Transport Police and Network Rail are urging parents and careers to have a conversation with their children and loved ones about the dangers of trespass...

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

16.03.20: TransCityRail Midlands is taking place this July, prior to the event we asked one of our exhibitors, Reflex Vehicle Hire, what their conversations will entail at the conference. Firstly, we asked Reflex to tell us more about the work they d...

Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20 David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to make the railway even safer. In a safety critical industry like rail, it is vital that we alwa...

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

15.01.20: Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Tom Wake, head of national rail route teams at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), discusses the importance of improving the safety of track workers.  On June 24, 2014 a group of 12 track workers nea...

GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

12.12.19: Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is continuing its roll out of life saving defibrillators at stations across its network. Statistics show that more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen every year across the UK, and less than one...

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

02.12.19: A new comic book has been produced by Network Rail, based on the safety film ‘18’ with the help of pupils from Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby. The pupils were visited by Network Rail last summer and took part in safety wor...

Greater Anglia announces delays cut by almost half

Greater Anglia announces delays cut by almost half

21.11.19: Between December 2018 and October 2019, delay minutes for its Class 317 commuter trains, which run through Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, were down 48% and cancellations were down 14% over the same period. The improvement is down...

Network Rail and BTP launch alcohol-related safety campaign

Network Rail and BTP launch alcohol-related safety campaign

20.11.19: A national campaign launched by Network Rail and British Transport Police is urging the public to take care on railways when drinking alcohol. Alcohol-related incidents on the railways have reached record levels as newly-released figures sh...

£1.2m investment to stop moving slope on Settle-Carlisle railway line

£1.2m investment to stop moving slope on Settle-Carlisle railway line

30.10.19: Engineers had to dig out waterlogged soil and lay 11, 500 tons of rock to prevent a steep railway cutting, that was edging slowly towards the Settle-Carlisle railway line, spilling onto the tracks. The upgrade at Fothergill, near Kirby Step...

RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

16.10.19: The RAIB has delivered a new set of safety recommendations after a passenger suffered fatal injuries after leaning out of a window of a moving train last year. The rail safety branch has made four recommendations and identified two learning...

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

09.10.19: Virgin Trains, the first UK train operator to equip all frontline teams with body worn cameras, are rolling out 250 more across the network. Station staff and on-board teams have another layer of protection with body worn cameras issued to...

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

07.10.19: More than 200 residents were given an exclusive insight into the workings of Helpston signal box at a level crossing north of Peterborough. A number of public open days ran by signallers last month (16th-21st September) gave people the oppo...

A track worker narrowly escapes train near Gatwick Airport

A track worker narrowly escapes train near Gatwick Airport

26.09.19: A track worker had a lucky escape as he had a near-miss with an oncoming train between Horley and Gatwick Airport stations between Surrey and West Sussex on December 2 2018. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), set up to prevent f...

The importance of edge infrastructure

The importance of edge infrastructure

26.09.19: The world is in the midst of a digital revolution, bringing with it a new level of opportunity for innovation in the rail industry. Vertiv is at the centre of this digitalisation and, ahead of next month’s TransCityRail North event, RTM&rs...

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Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

08/04/2020Rail Minister publishes open letter to Rail Delivery Group

Rail Minister, Chris Heaton-Harris, has published an open letter to RDG asking the industry to proceed in their work ensuring that rail travel co... more >
Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

07/04/2020Railway Rainbows needed for displays at railway stations

Network Rail’s station teams are inviting the public to send in home-made pictures of rainbows with a railway theme, which will be displaye... more >
90% decrease in King’s Cross station users

07/04/202090% decrease in King’s Cross station users

Network Rail has thanked the public who would usually pass through King’s Cross station for following government guidance and only travelli... more >

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23/01/2018Out with the old...

Despite a few disappointing policy announcements, especially for the electrification aficionados amongst us, 2017 was, like Darren Caplan writes on page 20, a year generally marked by positive news for the rail industry. We polished off the iconic Ordsall Chord (p32), hit some solid milestones on Thameslink (p40), progressed on ambitious rolling stock orders (p16), and finally started moving forward on HS2 (p14) ‒ paving the way for a New Ye... read more >

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Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

Encouraging youngsters to be safe on the railway

This summer, Arriva Group's CrossCountry and the Scout Association joined to launch a new partnership to promote rail safety among young people. Chris Leech MBE, business community manager at the... more > more last word articles >

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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >