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RMT calls for investigation after Tube passenger falls between platform and train

RMT calls for investigation after Tube passenger falls between platform and train

02.06.16: A serious safety incident where a passenger fell between the train and the platform at Canning Town Underground Station must be investigated, the RMT has said. The union said the incident, on 26 May, highlighted the dangers of staff cuts, w...

Southern release figures on ‘remarkable’ sickness absences following strike

Southern release figures on ‘remarkable’ sickness absences following strike

25.05.16: Recent delays on the Southern line have been caused by an unusually high rate of conductor absence due to sickness that coincided with the current strikes, according to new figures from the company. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southern&...

RAIB flag up recurrent safety concerns after near misses

RAIB flag up recurrent safety concerns after near misses

13.05.16: Dangers associated with track worker safety, track quality, freight train condition and platform interface on British railways all need to be reviewed, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has warned in its corporate report. The RA...

ORR celebrates first year ever without railway worker fatalities

ORR celebrates first year ever without railway worker fatalities

12.05.16: For the first time, a year has passed on Britain’s railways without a railway worker losing his or her life. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR), announcing the achievement, said that Britain’s railway network is “safer than...

RAIB criticises lack of risk assessment following electrification accident

RAIB criticises lack of risk assessment following electrification accident

10.05.16: Both Network Rail and Balfour Beatty need to ensure the dangers of new railborne plant are managed properly, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said in a review of a runaway train incident in 2014. The incident occurred at 12...

RAIB demands West Coast Railway safety review after Wootton Bassett SPAD

RAIB demands West Coast Railway safety review after Wootton Bassett SPAD

05.05.16: West Coast Railway Company (WCRC) needs to implement major safety reviews after a signal passed at danger (SPAD) last year, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found in a new report. In February this year, the ORR banned the W...

Network Rail told to review gate opening equipment after tractor collision

Network Rail told to review gate opening equipment after tractor collision

28.04.16: The dangers of gate opening equipment on railways should be re-evaluated, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said in its investigation into a collision between a train and a tractor near Knaresborough. The incident occurred a...

Last-minute platform switch led to collision at Plymouth which injured 35 people

Last-minute platform switch led to collision at Plymouth which injured 35 people

19.04.16: The train collision at Plymouth station happened after last-minute decisions to switch which platforms the trains used because the lifts were closed, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) have said as they opened their investigation into...

Seven attempted cable thefts hit Nottinghamshire in past month

Seven attempted cable thefts hit Nottinghamshire in past month

18.04.16: Thieves have tried to steal cable from Nottinghamshire railways in seven separate incidents in the past month, causing delays and cost on the railways. British Transport Police (BTP), Network Rail and East Midlands Trains are now appealing...

Manchester accident shows dangers of trams in pedestrian areas – RAIB

Manchester accident shows dangers of trams in pedestrian areas – RAIB

13.04.16: More awareness is needed of the risks of pedestrians and trams sharing space, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said in a report into a collision which seriously injured a pedestrian in Manchester last year. The type M5000 t...

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...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >