Railway safety and crime

Battered Dawlish rail line gets £80m for new protective sea wall

Battered Dawlish rail line gets £80m for new protective sea wall

15.02.19: A new taller sea wall is to be built at Dawlish as the DfT announced that up to £80m is being made available to build it – five years on from the storms which wreaked havoc on the rail line. Around £40m was spent by Networ...

Urgent safety advice calls for louder horns on Edinburgh trams after pedestrian’s death

Urgent safety advice calls for louder horns on Edinburgh trams after pedestrian’s death

15.02.19: The RAIB has issued urgent safety advice calling for louder warning horns to be fitted on Edinburgh’s trams following the death of a pedestrian. Carlos Correa Palacio was struck and fatally injured by a tram travelling from Edinburgh...

RAIB warns Network Rail over safety recommendations following another near miss

RAIB warns Network Rail over safety recommendations following another near miss

14.02.19: The RAIB has written to Network Rail again following an investigation into an incident where two workers walking along the track on the East Coast Main Line were narrowly missed by a train after an undetected planning mistake. The near miss...

‘Radical change is needed’: Network Rail reveals major reorganisation centred around devolution

‘Radical change is needed’: Network Rail reveals major reorganisation centred around devolution

12.02.19: Network Rail has announced a major structural reorganisation with devolution and regional responsibility at the front of its new operation model in recognition that “radical change is needed.” The new operating model will be for...

Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05.02.19: Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry will revolutionise passenger assistance for customers. In a first for Britain’s transport se...

Long-awaited plans to build a sea wall to protect Dawlish rail line unveiled by Network Rail

Long-awaited plans to build a sea wall to protect Dawlish rail line unveiled by Network Rail

04.02.19: Plans to build a new sea wall in the first phase of work to protect the costal railway which connects Devon and Cornwall with the rest of the UK have been unveiled by Network Rail. High waves and strong winds have wreaked havoc on the Dawli...

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

01.02.19: The RAIB has published a warning about the maintenance of freight vehicles and the safety of wheel and braking systems on trains which can lead to derailment. In a safety digest published following an investigation into the derailment of a...

Cyber security in the time of digital railway

Cyber security in the time of digital railway

29.01.19: Richard James Thomas, industrial fellow in data integration and cyber security at the University of Birmingham, considers the cyber security challenges that will arise as digital railway systems become the norm across the UK network. The Di...

RAIB to launch class investigation following front-line worker incidents

RAIB to launch class investigation following front-line worker incidents

24.01.19:   Image credit - viole The RAIB has announced it will launch a class investigation into a number of life-threatening incidents in which safety systems on the railway were entirely dependent on the decisions of front-line trac...

Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22.01.19: The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Survey Association (TSA) is leading the fightback against the thieves, as manager Rachel Tyrrell explai...

Crossrail train doors open onto tracks in fault at Stratford station

Crossrail train doors open onto tracks in fault at Stratford station

21.01.19: TfL has launched an investigation after footage filmed by a passenger showed the door of a new Crossrail train opening directly onto the track. Footage posted on Twitter by Johnny Beverton at Stratford station showed a door opening on the w...

Train derailment between Sheffield and Doncaster prompts RAIB investigation

Train derailment between Sheffield and Doncaster prompts RAIB investigation

17.01.19: The RAIB have launched an investigation into a train derailment after a freight train came off the tracks between Sheffield and Doncaster, causing major disruption. The freight locomotive had just left Roberts Road depot at around 5.17pm on...

Woman killed after leaning out of train and hitting head on tree branch, says RAIB

Woman killed after leaning out of train and hitting head on tree branch, says RAIB

11.01.19: A passenger was killed after she leant out of the window of a train travelling 85mph and struck her head on a tree branch, rail investigators have found. Bethan Roper suffered fatal injuries whilst travelling on a GWR train between Bath and...

Investigation launched after track worker forced to dodge train with two seconds to spare

Investigation launched after track worker forced to dodge train with two seconds to spare

10.01.19: An investigation has been launched after a track worker removing cables from a rail line was forced to dodge a train less than two seconds before the vehicle passed him at 51mph. According to the RAIB, the employee was removing cables which...

RAIB calls for safety review of Sheffield junction after double tram collision

RAIB calls for safety review of Sheffield junction after double tram collision

09.01.19: The RAIB has called for a safety review after two tram crashes took place at the same Sheffield junction in just six weeks. Investigators have written to Sheffield City Council advising that a “risk-based review” of the junction...

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ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

18/02/2019ScotRail expands new Hitachi electric trains to Glasgow routes

ScotRail’s new Hitachi electric trains are to be rolled out across Glasgow as the operator extends its £475m investment into rolling ... more >
40-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

18/02/201940-year-old Pacer trains in East Lancashire gone by end of the year, assures Northern

Northern has assured passengers that it will replace all of its 40-year-old Pacer trains on the East Lancashire line by the end of year. Con... more >
Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

18/02/2019Rail industry proposes ending peak-tickets in ‘radical’ overhaul of rail fares

Train operators have called for a major reform of the rail fare system which would scrap peak and off-peak ticket pricing and support the rollout... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >