Railway safety and crime

Wi-fi as a weapon

Wi-fi as a weapon

03.07.18: Self-described ethical hacker Ken Munro, a security entrepreneur at Pen Test Partners, attracted a full house at this year’s Infrarail during his presentation on how customer communication networks can be used to take over trains and have...

Person dies after being hit by train in Greater Manchester

Person dies after being hit by train in Greater Manchester

03.07.18: A person has died after being struck by a train in Greater Manchester last night. British Transport Police (BTP) attended the line close to Chester Road in Stretford near Trafford Park train station at 17:55 last night. A BPT spokesper...

Person hit and killed by train on Dawlish railway

Person hit and killed by train on Dawlish railway

28.06.18: Emergency services were called to Devon’s main railway line at 6am this morning after a person was hit by a train. The British Transport Police confirmed they were dealing with a fatality, although there are no further details yet as...

Five injured in Tube explosion

Five injured in Tube explosion

20.06.18: Five people have been injured in an explosion at a north London Underground station. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that police were called at 19:03 yesterday evening, with reports of an explosion and people running at Southgate s...

Three men killed by train in south London

Three men killed by train in south London

18.06.18:  Three men have died after being hit by a train near a south London station. The British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to Loughborough Junction station in south London at 7:34am after reports that three bodies were found...

ORR calls on Network Rail to spend £1bn on safety and quality initiatives

ORR calls on Network Rail to spend £1bn on safety and quality initiatives

12.06.18: The rail regulator has called on Network Rail to invest an extra £1bn on replacing “worn out” rolling stock, including £80m in spending on safety expenditure and worker safety initiatives. The ORR said railway perfor...

RAIB: Driver nearly hit by train due to miscommunication in Stafford

RAIB: Driver nearly hit by train due to miscommunication in Stafford

23.05.18: A misunderstanding between a signaller and a driver led to the driver narrowly avoiding being struck by a train, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found. On 2 March 2018, the 12:35hrs Manchester to London Euston passenger servic...

Trenos crossing death may have been avoidable, RAIB finds

Trenos crossing death may have been avoidable, RAIB finds

22.05.18: Out of date information on a signaller’s screen and fatigue may have contributed to a death at a level crossing in South Wales, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found. On 1 June 2017, a pedestrian was fatally injured when...

How two-way radio can boost worker safety

How two-way radio can boost worker safety

22.05.18: ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE James Miller, managing director of Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as high-risk as rail. By its ve...

TfL seeks suppliers for post-Croydon automatic braking system on London Trams

TfL seeks suppliers for post-Croydon automatic braking system on London Trams

17.05.18: The London Trams network will receive an installation of a new automatic braking system that will apply the brakes should the speed limit be exceeded at high-risk locations. Plans to install the new system were formulated shortly after the...

Firm slapped with £40,000 fine after child nearly fell through rotten toilet floor

Firm slapped with £40,000 fine after child nearly fell through rotten toilet floor

15.05.18: South Devon Railway (SDR) Trust has been slapped with a £40,000 fine following a potentially life-threatening incident which saw a child nearly fall through the missing door of a train toilet. In a hearing at Newton Abbot Magistrates&...

DfT launches review as Network Rail told to stop axing trees this season

DfT launches review as Network Rail told to stop axing trees this season

11.05.18: The government has launched a review of Network Rail’s tree-cutting and vegetation management in light of reports that the infrastructure owner was planning to axe millions of trees in an effort to prevent leaves falling on lines. Mea...

Network Rail under fire for ‘secretive’ tree felling plans

Network Rail under fire for ‘secretive’ tree felling plans

01.05.18: Wildlife charities have voiced their concerns as millions of trees along the UK’s rail lines are at risk of facing the axe in an effort by NR to prevent leaves falling on lines and causing delays. The railway operator made use of dron...

BTP kicks off sexual assault reporting campaign across rail network

BTP kicks off sexual assault reporting campaign across rail network

30.04.18: The British Transport Police (BTP) is launching a nationwide offensive to discreetly report unwanted sexual behavior on the rail network, no matter how small, in an effort to catch repeat offenders on the nation’s transport links. &ls...

GWR warns 1,000 customer accounts may have been breached

GWR warns 1,000 customer accounts may have been breached

11.04.18: Around 1,000 Great Western Railway (GWR) customer accounts have been compromised and a warning email sent out to customers. GWR has today sent an email to all its online account holders, warning them to reset their password as a precaution, alt...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17/10/2018HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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 >