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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...

British Transport Police launches train station scanners trial

British Transport Police launches train station scanners trial

18.09.19: In a bid to tackle violent crime in London, British Transport Police (BTP) is rolling out a five-day trial of new body scanners at Stratford train station. The scheme will be supported by Metropolitan Police and will be able to detect guns...

Let the drain take the strain, argues ORR inspector of railways

Let the drain take the strain, argues ORR inspector of railways

12.07.19: Chris Davies, principal inspector of railways at the ORR, debates the often-overlooked importance of drainage in the safe operation of the railway network. In February 1940, a passenger train on the approach to Watford tunnel struck a lands...

RAIB calls for review of zero-hours contracts for rail workers

RAIB calls for review of zero-hours contracts for rail workers

11.07.19: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) have released their findings into the fatal accident between London Victoria and Three Bridge in November 2018. The investigation found track worker was hit by a train in the earlier hours of th...

Network Rail launches safety task force

Network Rail launches safety task force

10.07.19: Network Rail has launched a new task force to improve safety measures for employees that work on the railways, the company announced today. The team of safety experts, expected to cost £70m, will bring together multiple strands of wor...

Network Rail award £2.6m drone repair contracts

Network Rail award £2.6m drone repair contracts

05.07.19: Network Rail has handed contracts totalling £2.6m to several firms to supply, maintain and repair its drones. The company has a fleet of 24 drones to assist maintenance teams in surveying the railways for repairs. Supplying the e...

RAIB investigate fatal accident on Port Talbot line

RAIB investigate fatal accident on Port Talbot line

03.07.19: Two inspectors from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) are investigating a fatal accident involving rail workers between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend stations. It is believed that three people working on the tracks were invol...

Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13.06.19: The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans put forward by Network Rail. New proposals have been put forward to better protect the south D...

Dawlish rail investment must be the start of a new transport deal for our region

Dawlish rail investment must be the start of a new transport deal for our region

04.06.19: Luke Pollard, MP for Plymouth Sutton, gives his perspective on the opportunities the highly-anticipated Dawlish rail line refurbishment will create for the region for the future. As an MP, twice a week I get to ride up and down the trainlin...

£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

£800m worth of rail haulage contracts awarded by Network Rail

22.05.19: Network Rail has awarded contracts for rail haulage and the operations of its engineering trains and seasonal treatment services for Control Period 6, worth around £800m. Adopting Network Rail’s supply chain’s new “c...

Network Rail reveals winner of Dawlish sea wall construction contract

Network Rail reveals winner of Dawlish sea wall construction contract

10.05.19: Network Rail has awarded the contract for the construction of the first phase of the Dawlish sea wall to BAM Nuttall ahead of work starting at the end of this month. The £80m sea wall was announced in February to protect the coastal r...

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North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17/10/2019North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warnin... more >
Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the r... more >
ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

17/10/2019ScotRail’s surge in train punctuality ‘no fluke’

 New research shows a huge ‘surge’ in ScotRail trains arriving on time, the biggest year-on-year increase in punctuality since 2... 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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Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

17/09/2019Connecting Network Rail with the supply chain

Continuing our mission to connect buyers with suppliers, This year TransCityRail North is adding a new element to the event. We are introducing an incomparable opportunity for you to meet with over 11 procurement directors from Network Rail at our exclusive 'Network Rail Meet the Buyers Hub'.  Situated at the heart of the event ... 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 >