Railway safety and crime

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...

Network Rail’s planning and delivering safe work programme – national roll-out slips to mid-2016

Network Rail’s planning and delivering safe work programme – national roll-out slips to mid-2016

01.11.15: Justin Page, programme director at Network Rail, discusses the lessons learned from the Planning and Delivering Safe Work programme go-live in the East Midlands and what this means for the overall project. The national roll-out of the Plann...

The rail regulator at work to boost rail resilience

The rail regulator at work to boost rail resilience

01.11.15: Anna O’Connor, head of projects at the Office of Rail and Road, discusses how cross-sector working can help deliver an effective rail operation. As the combined safety and economic regulator for Britain, the Office of Rail and Road (O...

Sentinel Site Access: the key to stamp out double shifting

Sentinel Site Access: the key to stamp out double shifting

01.11.15: In our last edition, RTM talked to Network Rail programme manager for Sentinel, Andrew Bilous, who told us how workforce safety is improving thanks to increasing authentication rates on the rail infrastructure. In this article, Sentinel project...

Mitigating safety risk through confidential reporting

Mitigating safety risk through confidential reporting

01.11.15: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, the confidential incident reporting system for the rail industry, discusses the behaviours and mindsets that improve safety. A question we are often asked at CIRAS is how confidential repo...

Colas Rail strengthens controls after 'unacceptable' ballast dust safety breach

Colas Rail strengthens controls after 'unacceptable' ballast dust safety breach

30.09.15: Colas Rail looks set to be made subject to an improvement notice after 25 workers carried out track works in a huge cloud of hazardous ballast dust. The firm failed to impose appropriate health and safety measures, according to John Cullen...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

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Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

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Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >