Railway safety and crime

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...

Campaign leads to 36% increase in sexual harassment complaints on London transport

Campaign leads to 36% increase in sexual harassment complaints on London transport

26.02.16: Sexual harassment reports on London transport have increased by over a third in the past year following a campaign to encourage action on the problem. The number of complaints was 1,603 between April last year, when the ‘Report It to...

West Coast Railway banned from running services over safety concerns

West Coast Railway banned from running services over safety concerns

18.02.16: Continued safety concerns have caused the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to ban the West Coast Railway Company (WCRC) from running services on the mainline railway. The ORR issued a prohibition notice following a number of incidents, includi...

Cable theft drops 93% in five years

Cable theft drops 93% in five years

09.02.16: New figures from Network Rail show a 93% decrease in cable theft over the last five years, with the number of incidents falling from 845 in 2011-12 to 61 so far in 2015-16.  The latest National Performance Affecting Cable Theft Impact...

Babcock fined £400,000 after track worker crushed near Hope station

Babcock fined £400,000 after track worker crushed near Hope station

08.02.16: Engineering firm Babcock Rail has been fined nearly half a million pounds for breaching health and safety laws when an employee was knocked unconscious by a road-rail vehicle (RRV). Lee Woolley was struck while renewing track in Flintshire...

RAIB to probe operators’ safety practices and risk-reducing tech

RAIB to probe operators’ safety practices and risk-reducing tech

03.02.16: The circumstances of accidents and near-miss incidents involving train and track workers outside possessions last year is the main scope of RAIB’s latest investigation. The review will act as a complementary class investigation to a m...

Carillion fined £200,000 over Lincolnshire rail worker death

Carillion fined £200,000 over Lincolnshire rail worker death

11.01.16: Carillion Construction Ltd has been handed a £200,000 fine and ordered to pay over £36,000 in costs by the rail regulator for breaching health and safety laws, which led to the death of a railway worker. On 4 December 2012, a tr...

NR must update S&C training courses after derailment

NR must update S&C training courses after derailment

11.01.16: Network Rail has been told to review and update its switches and crossings (S&C) training courses to ensure maintenance staff are sufficiently competent, after a bogie ran derailed for 121 metres before re-railing itself without the driver e...

NR must review site safety after near-misses at Stockley Flyover

NR must review site safety after near-misses at Stockley Flyover

18.12.15: Network Rail has been told to review its management systems for safety on major construction sites as track workers were at “serious risk” of being hit by trains at Stockley Flyover last year.  The Rail Accident Investigati...

Could confidential reporting have prevented the Deepwater Horizon tragedy?

Could confidential reporting have prevented the Deepwater Horizon tragedy?

16.12.15: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, the confidential incident reporting and analysis system for the rail industry, thinks the oil and gas industry could learn something from the rail industry’s adoption of confidential repo...

West Coast Railway and driver to be prosecuted over SPAD

West Coast Railway and driver to be prosecuted over SPAD

10.12.15: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has decided to press charges against train operator West Coast Railway Company Ltd (WCRC) and one of its drivers after an “extremely serious” health and safety braches on a busy junction of the Great...

Ex-minister made chair of BTP Authority

Ex-minister made chair of BTP Authority

19.11.15: Transport secretary Patrick McLoughlin has appointed ex-cabinet minister Esther McVey as chair of the British Transport Police Authority (BTPA), where she will oversee transport security and tackle sexual violence on the rail network. McVey...

rail technology magazine tv

more videos >

latest rail news

Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

22/01/2019Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. ... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express... more >

editor's comment

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 >

last word

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 >

'the sleepers' daily blog

Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

comment

ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >

rail industry focus

View all News

interviews

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 >