Railway safety and crime

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...

TOCs issued warning over driver mobile phone use

TOCs issued warning over driver mobile phone use

30.06.16: A warning has been issued for train operating companies (TOCs) to ensure that drivers do not use their mobile phones while operating a train, following an investigation into an incident last year when a passenger’s hand was trapped in a do...

West Coast Railway fined £200,000 over Wootton Bassett SPAD

West Coast Railway fined £200,000 over Wootton Bassett SPAD

29.06.16: West Coast Railway Company Limited (WCRC) has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £64,000 after being found guilty of health and safety breaches which led to a train passing a signal at danger near Wootton Bassett last ye...

ORR opens investigation after Tube worker crushed against platform

ORR opens investigation after Tube worker crushed against platform

10.06.16: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has opened an investigation after a London Underground (LU) worker was crushed between a platform and a train early on Saturday morning at Whitechapel station. The man, a contractor from Harrow in his 30s...

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Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

13/06/2019Dawlish railway may be ‘moved out to sea’ to protect it from storms under new proposals

The storm-battered Dawlish rail line could be “moved out to sea” and away from the “hazard” of the cliffs under new plans... more >
TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

12/06/2019TfL awards contract for new DLR fleet to replace 30-year-old trains

TfL has awarded a contract for 43 new trains to replace the oldest rolling stock on the Docklands Light Railway (DLR), with the first scheduled t... more >
Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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Hitachi trains for Happy trains

10/06/2019Hitachi trains for Happy trains

ScotRail project manager Kirsty Devlin discusses the withdrawal of Class 365s, to be replaced with the brand-new Class 385 fleet. While Scot... more >
Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

10/06/2019Malcolm Holmes on new stations for the Black Country

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of the West Midlands Rail Executive, described the new stations set to be built for the Black Country region o... more >
The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

10/06/2019The skills bottleneck: Dealing with growing apprenticeship demand

Richard Turner, head of apprenticeships at Network Rail, details the reasons for growing apprenticeship demand in the rail sector over the coming... more >
A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

10/06/2019A train journey on the Midland Main Line 15 years from now…

Chris Hobson, director of policy and external affairs at the East Midlands Chamber, talks in detail about what travelling through the region will... more >

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Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projec... more >