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Freight sector told to review fatigue management systems following SPADs

Freight sector told to review fatigue management systems following SPADs

29.09.16: Following two signal passed at danger (SPAD) incidents on the same freight route last year, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has called for the freight industry to carry out a review of its fatigue management system. The two SP...

RAIB opens investigation into Watford derailment

RAIB opens investigation into Watford derailment

27.09.16: An investigation will be carried out after a train derailment at Watford Junction caused major delays last week. The derailment was caused by a landslip due to heavy rain, but the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said it needed to...

Control of risk at the platform-train interface

Control of risk at the platform-train interface

12.09.16: Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) inspectors Richard Harrington and Stuart Johnson discuss how the risks associated with the platform-train interface (PTI) can be properly controlled. The station platform is where railway passengers...

Maintaining the safety momentum

Maintaining the safety momentum

12.09.16: Britain’s railways are currently the safest they have ever been, but there is still room for improvement, Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), tells RTM’s...

Collaborative crime management across trams

Collaborative crime management across trams

05.09.16: Much is said about crime prevention across the railways, but how do major light rail operators ensure tram networks are kept safe? Peter Cushing, Metrolink director, talks about the role of Greater Manchester’s collaborative TravelSafe Uni...

Scottish transport police to carry Tasers because of ‘severe’ terror risk

Scottish transport police to carry Tasers because of ‘severe’ terror risk

02.09.16: Police on Scottish railways have been given the power to carry Tasers in case of potential extreme threats such as terror attacks. British Transport Police (BTP) announced today that a number of specially-trained officers will begin carryin...

RAIB to investigate passenger fatality

RAIB to investigate passenger fatality

31.08.16: An investigation has opened after a passenger was fatally injured on a train near Balham on 7 August. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has opened an investigation into the death of the passenger, which happened when he sustaine...

Safety probe opens into Midlands bridge collapse

Safety probe opens into Midlands bridge collapse

19.08.16: Following the partial bridge collapse over the Midland Main Line at Barrow on Soar earlier this month, which severely disrupted services on 3 August, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation. Network Rail...

Mayor promises extra £3.4m to increase Night Tube police presence

Mayor promises extra £3.4m to increase Night Tube police presence

15.08.16: Around 100 extra police officers will be patrolling stations and trains when Night Tube services start on the Central and Victoria lines this weekend. TfL has confirmed that London’s mayor has made a further £3.4m available to i...

‘No evidence’ DOO services increase passenger harm, says RSSB

‘No evidence’ DOO services increase passenger harm, says RSSB

11.08.16: There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that driver-only operated (DOO) trains pose increased risk of harm to passengers, the RSSB has said in the midst of an ongoing dispute over this very issue between Southern and rail union RMT. The...

Network Rail urged to review signaller competence after train derailment

Network Rail urged to review signaller competence after train derailment

05.08.16: The RAIB has recommended Network Rail reviews its requirements for certifying signalling operators after an operator allowed a train to pass a signal at danger, causing it to derail at the front. The accident occurred at 7.22am on 7 Novembe...

RAIB issues driver stress warning after train went twice over speed limit

RAIB issues driver stress warning after train went twice over speed limit

01.08.16: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has recommended train companies and Network Rail review key safety procedures after a train passed through Peterborough at over twice the speed limit. The Virgin Trains East Coast service from N...

Safety rules implementation still inconsistent, despite progress – ORR

Safety rules implementation still inconsistent, despite progress – ORR

19.07.16: The railways in Britain are the safest they have ever been, but safety rules and procedures are still not being implemented consistently across the industry, according to the ORR. The regulator’s ‘Annual Health and Safety Report...

Trains passed over unsupported track in Yorkshire following heavy rain

Trains passed over unsupported track in Yorkshire following heavy rain

15.07.16: Heavy rain was so bad last month that the embankment was washed away under part of the track at Baildon in West Yorkshire, allowing two trains to pass over it despite a Network Rail inspection. RTM previously reported that on 7 June a small...

Rail safety success hailed as level crossing deaths lowest since 1996

Rail safety success hailed as level crossing deaths lowest since 1996

13.07.16: Britain’s rail safety record has been commended as the industry’s annual safety performance report shows that there were just three level crossing fatalities in 2015-16. The report, from the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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 >