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Passengers could have been killed walking alongside live electric track in stranded London Overground train evacuation, RAIB says

Passengers could have been killed walking alongside live electric track in stranded London Overground train evacuation, RAIB says

10.10.18: Passengers on a London Overground train could have died when evacuated and asked to walk alongside live rail lines, the rail accident investigator has found. On 7 November 2017, around 80 people, including children, had to walk 30m on an ov...

DB Cargo found guilty after electrocuted boy suffers life-changing injuries

DB Cargo found guilty after electrocuted boy suffers life-changing injuries

05.10.18: DB Cargo UK has been convicted after a 13-year-old boy suffered life-changing injuries due to an electric shock from 25,000-volt OLE at the Tyne Yard in Gateshead, where a disused signal box – known locally as the ‘haunted house&rsqu...

RAIB launches probe into Jubilee Line incident of 11 wide-open doors on moving train

RAIB launches probe into Jubilee Line incident of 11 wide-open doors on moving train

27.09.18: A freak incident on the Jubilee Line which saw 11 passenger doors remaining open whilst the train was moving was caused by a failure in the vehicle’s computerised control system, the RAIB has found. A formal probe has now been launche...

Innovation through people and technology

Innovation through people and technology

18.09.18: Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on the regulator’s most recent annual health and safety report. In the ORR’s most rec...

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

17.09.18: Firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended an indecent yesterday at Colchester station after reports of hazardous fumes had caused someone to fall ill. The local fire service said: “On arrival firefighters reporte...

Sandilands: Lessons for the mainline

Sandilands: Lessons for the mainline

11.09.18: The tragic Croydon crash of 2016 provided many lessons for the UK tramways. But the mainline railway would be wrong to assume many of these lessons don’t apply to them too, says Simon French, chief inspector of rail accidents at the RAIB. ...

RAIB releases report after passenger trapped in door and dragged by Metrolink tram

RAIB releases report after passenger trapped in door and dragged by Metrolink tram

10.09.18: A passenger was dragged along by a Metrolink tram after the safety system failed to register that his hand was trapped in the door, a rail accident report has found. Metrolink said this was an unintentional error, and the Rail Accident Inve...

Greater Anglia employs extra Land Sheriffs to improve safety and security for passengers

Greater Anglia employs extra Land Sheriffs to improve safety and security for passengers

07.09.18: TOC Greater Anglia is employing additional Land Sheriffs to improve safety and security of passengers on their trains. The Land Sheriffs will patrol trains and stations, dealing with anti-social behaviour and enforcing railway bylaws, aimin...

TOCs urged to conduct proper safety checks after trapped passenger is dragged by train

TOCs urged to conduct proper safety checks after trapped passenger is dragged by train

30.08.18: An incident that saw a passenger dragged along by a train after getting trapped in the closing doors was caused by operational issues and a misunderstanding of safety instructions, the RAIB has found. On 26 March this year, a woman was drag...

Three people killed in separate incidents on British tracks

Three people killed in separate incidents on British tracks

30.08.18: Two people have died in separate incidents after being struck by trains on the railways yesterday. The first incident occurred at 10:28am when officers were called to Kenilworth Station following reports that a person had been struck by a t...

Nexus lacked ‘effective safe system of work’ during near-miss on Metro line

Nexus lacked ‘effective safe system of work’ during near-miss on Metro line

29.08.18: Procedures from passenger transport executive Nexus “did not assist with the creation of an effective safe system of work,” the RAIB has said in an investigation released after two track workers narrowly avoided being struck by a Tyn...

Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16.08.18: Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor damaged railway tracks and overhead equipment near Wakefield. The vehicle towing a trailer damag...

Staff scramble to safety from 125mph train in near-miss due to ‘unsafe and unofficial’ working practices

Staff scramble to safety from 125mph train in near-miss due to ‘unsafe and unofficial’ working practices

16.08.18: A group of track workers narrowly escaped a devastating incident after just moving clear of a 125mph train on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The incident occurred on the morning of 5 October last year at Egmanton level crossing, between N...

Train at over 70mph almost collides with workers in near-miss

Train at over 70mph almost collides with workers in near-miss

10.08.18: Two bridge workers narrowly avoided a devastating collision with a train travelling at more than 70mph in Dundee, an investigation has found. The staff members, who were working as part of a gang on a bridge approaching Dundee station, expe...

First-ever drone flight over ‘trespass hotspot’ will send images directly to BTP

First-ever drone flight over ‘trespass hotspot’ will send images directly to BTP

03.08.18: A Network Rail drone will be making its very first flight over the south western rail route today to survey a trespass hotspot in order to record any incidences of people risking their lives on the tracks, with images set to be passed onto the B...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

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The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >