Railway safety and crime

RAIB calls for power operated door review after serious passenger injury

RAIB calls for power operated door review after serious passenger injury

29.02.16: A serious accident on a Southeastern train at West Wickham where a passenger was injured after her backpack strap was trapped in the doors of a train was caused by a problem with door opening systems and the trainee driver failing to notice the...

What do passengers really think?

What do passengers really think?

26.02.16: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, discusses the recent results of the National Rail Passenger Survey and new developments in recording passenger satisfaction. We speak to well over 100,000 passengers a year across our...

Campaign leads to 36% increase in sexual harassment complaints on London transport

Campaign leads to 36% increase in sexual harassment complaints on London transport

26.02.16: Sexual harassment reports on London transport have increased by over a third in the past year following a campaign to encourage action on the problem. The number of complaints was 1,603 between April last year, when the ‘Report It to...

West Coast Railway banned from running services over safety concerns

West Coast Railway banned from running services over safety concerns

18.02.16: Continued safety concerns have caused the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to ban the West Coast Railway Company (WCRC) from running services on the mainline railway. The ORR issued a prohibition notice following a number of incidents, includi...

Cable theft drops 93% in five years

Cable theft drops 93% in five years

09.02.16: New figures from Network Rail show a 93% decrease in cable theft over the last five years, with the number of incidents falling from 845 in 2011-12 to 61 so far in 2015-16.  The latest National Performance Affecting Cable Theft Impact...

Babcock fined £400,000 after track worker crushed near Hope station

Babcock fined £400,000 after track worker crushed near Hope station

08.02.16: Engineering firm Babcock Rail has been fined nearly half a million pounds for breaching health and safety laws when an employee was knocked unconscious by a road-rail vehicle (RRV). Lee Woolley was struck while renewing track in Flintshire...

RAIB to probe operators’ safety practices and risk-reducing tech

RAIB to probe operators’ safety practices and risk-reducing tech

03.02.16: The circumstances of accidents and near-miss incidents involving train and track workers outside possessions last year is the main scope of RAIB’s latest investigation. The review will act as a complementary class investigation to a m...

Carillion fined £200,000 over Lincolnshire rail worker death

Carillion fined £200,000 over Lincolnshire rail worker death

11.01.16: Carillion Construction Ltd has been handed a £200,000 fine and ordered to pay over £36,000 in costs by the rail regulator for breaching health and safety laws, which led to the death of a railway worker. On 4 December 2012, a tr...

NR must update S&C training courses after derailment

NR must update S&C training courses after derailment

11.01.16: Network Rail has been told to review and update its switches and crossings (S&C) training courses to ensure maintenance staff are sufficiently competent, after a bogie ran derailed for 121 metres before re-railing itself without the driver e...

NR must review site safety after near-misses at Stockley Flyover

NR must review site safety after near-misses at Stockley Flyover

18.12.15: Network Rail has been told to review its management systems for safety on major construction sites as track workers were at “serious risk” of being hit by trains at Stockley Flyover last year.  The Rail Accident Investigati...

Could confidential reporting have prevented the Deepwater Horizon tragedy?

Could confidential reporting have prevented the Deepwater Horizon tragedy?

16.12.15: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, the confidential incident reporting and analysis system for the rail industry, thinks the oil and gas industry could learn something from the rail industry’s adoption of confidential repo...

West Coast Railway and driver to be prosecuted over SPAD

West Coast Railway and driver to be prosecuted over SPAD

10.12.15: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has decided to press charges against train operator West Coast Railway Company Ltd (WCRC) and one of its drivers after an “extremely serious” health and safety braches on a busy junction of the Great...

Ex-minister made chair of BTP Authority

Ex-minister made chair of BTP Authority

19.11.15: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has appointed ex-cabinet minister Esther McVey as chair of the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA), where she will oversee transport security and tackle sexual violence on the rail network. McVey...

SPADs rise 30.2% in Q2

SPADs rise 30.2% in Q2

12.11.15: There was a 30.2% increase in signals passed at danger (SPADs) during July to September 2015, compared to the same period last year, according to new figures from the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).  During Q2 of 2015-16 there was...

Tackling health and safety collaboratively

Tackling health and safety collaboratively

01.11.15: John Abbott, external engagement director at RSSB, discusses the development of a new Rail Health and Safety Strategy that will be launched early next year. Against a backdrop of increased passenger numbers and record levels of investment...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >