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Train driver not at fault in Grimston Lane crossing fatality, RAIB concludes

Train driver not at fault in Grimston Lane crossing fatality, RAIB concludes

21.11.16: The RAIB’s investigation into the death of an elderly pedestrian on a level crossing near Felixstowe launched earlier this year has found that the pedestrian was struck by the train after he started to cross the track when he had insuffici...

Using technology to reduce platform edge accident risk

Using technology to reduce platform edge accident risk

18.11.16: RSSB’s safety management systems specialist Kevin Thompson explains how a new tool can help reduce safety risks at the platform edge. There are about 5,000 platforms on the British mainline train network. While our railway is one of t...

Croydon tram was travelling over three times speed limit, RAIB finds

Croydon tram was travelling over three times speed limit, RAIB finds

16.11.16: The RAIB has released its interim report into the Croydon Tramlink accident last week, which killed seven and hospitalised 51 others, concluding that the vehicle was travelling over three times the permitted speed limit at the time. Just af...

ORR warns of level crossing safety risk as industry moves towards ROCs

ORR warns of level crossing safety risk as industry moves towards ROCs

15.11.16: Rail safety could be compromised by plans to give a single signaller control of a larger area as part of industry moves towards introducing the digital railway, the chief inspector of railways said yesterday. Network Rail is already taking...

Improving safety through early track void detection

Improving safety through early track void detection

15.11.16: Dr Farouk Balouchi, project technical lead at the Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, Dr Adam Bevan, head of enterprise, Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, and Roy Formston, lead development enginee...

NR criticised for lapsed safety system following Lamington Viaduct probe

NR criticised for lapsed safety system following Lamington Viaduct probe

14.11.16: Network Rail failed to address the risk of scour on the Lamington Viaduct, which was closed following flood damage this winter, despite problems being reported for over 10 years, a report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has foun...

Southern train ‘ran with doors open’, but RAIB not to investigate

Southern train ‘ran with doors open’, but RAIB not to investigate

09.11.16: A Southern train at Reedham station briefly ran with its doors open on Monday morning in what could have been a potential safety breach. The operator confirmed that the 05.54 service from Tattenham Corner to London Bridge moved one coach le...

Passengers trapped after tram derails at Croydon

Passengers trapped after tram derails at Croydon

09.11.16: Passengers are trapped and some are reported to have been killed after a tram derailed in Croydon this morning. Two carriages of the London Tramlink tram are derailed at Addiscombe Road near Sandilands tram stop. London Fire Brigade (L...

Driver avoids being hit by 105mph train ‘with three seconds to spare’

Driver avoids being hit by 105mph train ‘with three seconds to spare’

02.11.16: A Virgin train driver missed being hit by a 105mph train by three seconds and had to lie on the ground to avoid it, a Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report has stated. The incident, which took place on 3 August this year, happene...

Rail safety campaign urges passengers to report any suspicious behaviour

Rail safety campaign urges passengers to report any suspicious behaviour

02.11.16: Passengers should keep an eye out for suspicious items or activity around British stations and trains, a major new safety campaign says. Posters for the ‘See it. Say it. Sorted’ campaign were unveiled at stations in London, Birm...

RAIB: Boom crash points to ‘lack of understanding’ of rail maintenance role

RAIB: Boom crash points to ‘lack of understanding’ of rail maintenance role

28.10.16: An accident in February where a train collided with a conveyor boom raises wider concerns about whether Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECMs) understand their safety responsibilities, the RAIB has said. The accident occurred at around 10...

RAIB opens investigation into Hampshire level crossing fatality

RAIB opens investigation into Hampshire level crossing fatality

21.10.16: A mobility scooter user was struck and killed by a train at Alice Holt level crossing on 5 October, prompting an investigation from the Rail Accident Investigation Passenger (RAIB). The man, named in local news reports as 83-year-old Derek...

Manchester Victoria roof collapse ‘isn’t good enough’ as MP calls for inquiry

Manchester Victoria roof collapse ‘isn’t good enough’ as MP calls for inquiry

20.10.16: The construction process for the roof at Manchester Victoria wasn’t “good enough” after it collapsed, a local MP has said. Rain water leaked through part of the roof, filling one of the plastic panels underneath and leadin...

RAIB: London Midland processes for assessing driver managers ‘inadequate’

RAIB: London Midland processes for assessing driver managers ‘inadequate’

07.10.16: A train carrying around 2,000 passengers broke a temporary speed restriction earlier this year because of a miscommunication in an incident that could have been ‘very serious’, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said. ...

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...

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Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

17/04/2019Rail industry launches new interactive accessibly map for UK rail stations

A new interactive map which lets passengers find out about accessibility at stations has been launched by the Rail Delivery Group (RDG) to help b... more >
Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17/04/2019Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. ... more >
Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17/04/2019Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Coun... 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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West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

08/04/2019West Midlands Rail Executive’s Malcolm Holmes on the 30 year Rail Investment Strategy and working with Midlands Connect

Malcolm Holmes, Chief Executive of the West Midlands Rail Executive, joins us to discuss the 30-year Rail Investment Strategy, and how he and his team are working closely with Midlands Connect to deliver on uplifting capacity and bettering services for people across the region ahead of TCR Midlands 2019. What do your roles as Ex... more >
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Changing the London skyline with HS2

26/03/2019Changing the London skyline with HS2

Lisa Hogben, HS2 programme delivery manager for area south enabling works, explains how the arrival of HS2’s first tower cranes shows chang... more >
Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

26/03/2019Picking up the pace with high-speed track handovers

In 2018 Steve Featherstone, programme director of track at Network Rail, set his team a challenge to secure 100 high-speed track handovers in a y... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >