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RAIB calls for obstacle deflector retrofit on Electrostars after Kent derailment

RAIB calls for obstacle deflector retrofit on Electrostars after Kent derailment

06.04.16: The investigation into a passenger train derailment caused by cows in Kent last year has led to calls for obstacle deflectors to be retrofitted onto train units. The derailment occurred at 21.40 on 26 July when a London Southeastern train s...

BTP halts plan to scrap Sexual Offences Unit for London Underground

BTP halts plan to scrap Sexual Offences Unit for London Underground

05.04.16: Plans to scrap the dedicated police unit for tackling sexual offences on the London Underground despite a rise in complaints have been halted after protests by feminist campaigners and unions. British Transport Police (BTP) initially said o...

UPDATE: BTP appeal to public after train crash at Plymouth station

UPDATE: BTP appeal to public after train crash at Plymouth station

04.04.16: 5 April 10.15am UPDATE British Transport Police (BTP) have appealed to witnesses and anyone with information on the Plymouth train crash to contact them as part of a joint investigation into the accident with the Rail Accident Investigation...

The simplicity of station defibrillators

The simplicity of station defibrillators

24.03.16: While not cheap, defibrillators can be a life-saving piece of kit at stations. Natalie Loughborough, customer service director at Northern Rail, explains the many benefits of these simple and safe to use devices for operators. When people s...

RAIB opens investigation following Grimston Lane level crossing fatality

RAIB opens investigation following Grimston Lane level crossing fatality

22.03.16: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into the death of a pedestrian on a level crossing near Felixstowe last month. The fatality occurred at around 12.25pm on 23 February when the pedestrian was s...

Warning issued over out-of-date Underground safety advice after derailment

Warning issued over out-of-date Underground safety advice after derailment

17.03.16: A train derailment on the London Underground may have been due to out-of-date signal documentation given to staff, prompting the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) to issue urgent safety advice. The derailment occurred at 1.30am on 2...

Deterring cable theft through DNA

Deterring cable theft through DNA

14.03.16: James Brown, managing director at Selectamark Security Systems plc, discusses the successful work of the rail industry in reducing cable thefts. The use of DNA markers and warning signs saying it is in use have been key factors in ensuring...

UK one of ‘safest rail networks’ in Europe, despite capacity challenges – RSSB

UK one of ‘safest rail networks’ in Europe, despite capacity challenges – RSSB

09.03.16: UK rail safety standards are among the best in the world, the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) said as they released new figures showing that there have been no passenger or workforce deaths in train accidents for the eighth year in a row....

Wootton Bassett SPAD occurred after driver bypassed brake demand – RAIB

Wootton Bassett SPAD occurred after driver bypassed brake demand – RAIB

08.03.16: A safety breach at Wootton Bassett junction last year involved a crew member on a steam locomotive using an AWS isolating cock to bypass a brake demand, according to an interim report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). The...

Prioritising the cyber threats to ICS in rail

Prioritising the cyber threats to ICS in rail

03.03.16: Dr John Easton, a lecturer working with the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, discusses the growing threat to the railways from cyber-attacks. Hardly a week goes by when there isn’t...

Using technology to reduce accidents at the platform edge

Using technology to reduce accidents at the platform edge

01.03.16: Kevin Thompson, RSSB SMS specialist, discusses how a new app will help encourage greater consistency in assessing risk on station platforms. In the last five years, 19 people have been killed and over 7,000 injured around the edge of statio...

RAIB investigation after train collides with boom at Barrow-on-Soar

RAIB investigation after train collides with boom at Barrow-on-Soar

01.03.16: A collision at Barrow-on-Soar in which a member of the railway staff was seriously injured after an East Midlands passenger train collided with a wagon boom is being investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). The acciden...

Analysing the root causes of Spain’s high-speed derailment

Analysing the root causes of Spain’s high-speed derailment

29.02.16: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, looks at all the factors which led to the fatal derailment near Santiago de Compostela nearly three years ago. On 24 July 2013, a high-speed train travelling at around 190km/h, on its way...

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...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

22/10/2018Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

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

19/10/2018FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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 >