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RAIB to investigate as child almost falls through floor of moving train

RAIB to investigate as child almost falls through floor of moving train

10.07.17: A mother and her child narrowly avoided falling through the open floor a toilet compartment on a South Devon Railway (SDR) train, prompting an investigation by the RAIB. In a statement today, the RAIB said it was investigating the incident...

CrossCountry partners with Scouts to push rail safety education initiative

CrossCountry partners with Scouts to push rail safety education initiative

05.07.17: A partnership between CrossCountry and the Scout Association has been announced this week to educate children and young people about rail safety. Educational materials have been developed by the operator for use by the Cub Scouts’ 150...

Alstom opens UK’s largest train modernisation facility in Widnes

Alstom opens UK’s largest train modernisation facility in Widnes

29.06.17: One of the largest centres for train modernisation to ever be built in the UK has today been unveiled by Alstom. Situated in Widnes in the north west of England, the facility was opened by Parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Depar...

BTP issues warning after teen almost killed trespassing at Bescot depot

BTP issues warning after teen almost killed trespassing at Bescot depot

08.06.17: Police have today released information about a pair of teenagers who were seriously injured last week after being electrocuted by overhead wires when they climbed on top of a freight train in a rail depot. By releasing the information, the...

Courageous BTP officer praised as London Bridge station reopens

Courageous BTP officer praised as London Bridge station reopens

05.06.17: London Bridge station has today reopened following the terrorist incident that took place in the capital on Saturday evening. Network Rail had warned that police cordons were expected to be in place until at least 8am, but work was conclude...

Bravery of rail staff praised as Manchester Victoria reopens

Bravery of rail staff praised as Manchester Victoria reopens

30.05.17: Manchester Victoria has reopened for passengers today after being closed for seven days following the terrorist incident last week. The station was shut after the attack on 22 May at Manchester Arena’s foyer to allow police to carry o...

Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

26.05.17: For the first time in rail history, specialist firearms officers will patrol trains across the UK network to ensure that the travelling public are kept safe after Monday’s terrorist attack. Following the events of the suicide bombing...

BTP steps up officer numbers at stations as terrorist threat level raised

BTP steps up officer numbers at stations as terrorist threat level raised

24.05.17: The presence of police officers at UK railway stations has been stepped up today in light of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester. Manchester Victoria, which is right next to where the incident at Manchester Arena took place, has r...

Risk management for railway engineering

Risk management for railway engineering

22.05.17: RTM talks to Ben Shirley, health and safety risk specialist at the ORR, about the importance of risk management on Great Britain’s railways. Keeping risk ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP) is an essential part of m...

Collecting safety culture data confidentially

Collecting safety culture data confidentially

21.03.17: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, explains how confidential reporting can ‘deep dive’ into an organisation’s safety and reporting culture to reveal what might be happening far beneath the surface, often hidden...

TfL admits liability over Croydon tram crash

TfL admits liability over Croydon tram crash

16.03.17: Transport for London (TfL) has today begun admitting liability for its part in the Croydon tram crash of 9 November 2016, in relation to compensation claims from families of the victims of the crash. The tram was found to be travelling at o...

The eccentric side of cable theft prevention

The eccentric side of cable theft prevention

09.03.17: Ghost trains, secretive Coke cans and bespoke beer mats: RTM’s Luana Salles speaks to Richard Godwin, Network Rail’s route crime manager for the London North West (LNW) route, about the unusual tactics behind the success of the natio...

Tackling the ever-growing terrorist threat

Tackling the ever-growing terrorist threat

09.03.17: RTM talks to Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Alun Thomas, the lead for counter-terrorism at British Transport Police (BTP), about how the force is tackling the growing threat from terrorism. At BTP, the job is to keep the millions of people...

RAIB to investigate serious Cardiff signalling irregularity

RAIB to investigate serious Cardiff signalling irregularity

02.02.17: The Rail Accident and Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced that it will be conducting an investigation into a serious signalling irregularity discovered just outside Cardiff Central station between Christmas and the New Year. The irreg...

Vivarail lays out action plan as faulty repair work to blame for train fire

Vivarail lays out action plan as faulty repair work to blame for train fire

02.02.17: Vivarail has released its full report on the Class 230 test train fire that took place over the festive period, concluding that the cause of the fire was due to a fuel leak in one of the train’s gensets, likely caused during recent repair...

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DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

28/07/2017DfT names five winners of fresh £16m stations fund

The DfT has today announced the successful bidders for a £16m package, part of the second phase of the New Stations Fund, which will serve ... more >
East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

28/07/2017East Midlands Airport offers £2.5m fund to boost station connections

East Midlands Airport has today offered details of a £2.5m deal designed to improve station services as part of the next franchise in the r... more >
Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

28/07/2017Hitachi Class 800s pass digital signalling testing

Hitachi’s new fleet of Intercity Express trains have this week passed testing to run the digital technology required by the DfT. The t... more >

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03/07/2017Rapid progress needed

As RTM went to press, the National Infrastructure Commission outlined a list of the ‘top 12’ immediate priorities on which ministers must make rapid progress in the next year. Unsurprisingly, major rail schemes, including HS2, Crossrail 2 and HS3, featured highly in the projects that needed speedy development.  Lord Adonis stated that all of these have been agreed in principle, “but require decisive action to get ... read more >

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How do tram and rail passengers compare?

How do tram and rail passengers compare?

David Sidebottom, director at Transport Focus, analyses the drivers in performance of passenger satisfaction in tram compared to rail. Results published in our recent Tram Passenger Survey (... more > more last word articles >

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Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

28/07/2017Londoners given peek at abandoned Mail Rail Underground line

Londoners will soon be able to enjoy a unique rail experience – by riding a train going along the disused Mail Rail line. The 6.5-mile track runs deep under the capital, criss-crossing Tube lines and formerly linking six sorting offices with mainline stations at Liverpool Street and Paddington. At most, the small, electric and drive... more >
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How can the new government support rail freight?

20/07/2017How can the new government support rail freight?

Following the recent general election, Maggie Simpson, executive director at the Rail Freight Group, considers what action the government can tak... more >
Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

20/07/2017Building a sustainable future for rail services in Wales

Geoff Ogden, interim managing director at Transport for Wales (TfW), talks to RTM about how the organisation is putting sustainable development a... more >
A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

20/07/2017A potential benchmark for engineering quality and architectural design

Victoria Hills, chief executive officer at the Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC), gives RTM an update on the work to create a... more >
Simple changes for energy efficiency

20/07/2017Simple changes for energy efficiency

Michelle Papayannakos, rail sustainability specialist at the RSSB, argues that improving the way energy is managed should be a high priority for ... more >

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A game changer for Wales and Borders

17/07/2017A game changer for Wales and Borders

Andy Thomas, managing director for Network Rail’s Wales route, describes how the infrastructure owner will work more collaboratively than e... more >