Railway safety and crime

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...

Investigation launched after train missed track workers by just 2 seconds

Investigation launched after train missed track workers by just 2 seconds

11.04.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a near-miss at Primrose Hill which left several people “very distressed.” The incident occurred last month between South Hampstead station and Primrose Hill tunnel...

RSSB yearlong business plan focuses on six key deliverables

RSSB yearlong business plan focuses on six key deliverables

09.04.18: The RSSB’s 2018-19 business plan, published today, sets out how it will work over the next year to ensure that railways remain safe. The plan lays out five key areas the industry will prioritise, including safety, health and wellbeing...

RAIB issues safety advice after Inverness passenger train collides with unattached rail

RAIB issues safety advice after Inverness passenger train collides with unattached rail

19.03.18: The RAIB has issued urgent safety advice after an incident in February that saw a passenger service run into an unattached 130 metre length of rail near Inverness. Investigators said the train was travelling at around 53mph when it collided...

NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

16.03.18: Network Rail has been ordered to pay £733,000 fines after a court found that its failure to adequately maintain track had caused a freight train to derail near Gloucester station. The incident, which occurred in October 2013, saw the...

RAIB to investigate after train stranded in sub-zero conditions

RAIB to investigate after train stranded in sub-zero conditions

15.03.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced its intention to investigate incidents earlier this month which saw trains stranded in freezing conditions in London. One such incident occurred on 2 March when a Southeastern trai...

RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

22.02.18: The RAIB has launched an investigation into the loss of speed restriction data to trains during an incident on 20 October on the Cambrian coast line. A driver travelling on the line in North Wales reported that longstanding temporary speed res...

RAIB to look into accident which saw an elderly woman dragged into tunnel after being trapped by train door

RAIB to look into accident which saw an elderly woman dragged into tunnel after being trapped by train door

21.02.18: The RAIB has launched an investigation into an incident on 31 January that saw a 78-year-old passenger dragged into a tunnel on the London Underground after her bag became trapped between the doors of a train, leaving her “seriously injured....

RAIB: Runaway trailer separated from train due to deliberately disabled brakes

RAIB: Runaway trailer separated from train due to deliberately disabled brakes

19.02.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a runaway trailer in Hope, Derbyshire. The incident occurred on Sunday 28 May 2017 when a trailer, which was being propelled by a small rail tractor, became detached bet...

Union hits out at controversial plans to merge BTP into Police Scotland

Union hits out at controversial plans to merge BTP into Police Scotland

09.02.18: Officials from the TSSA union have today lashed out at the Scottish Government for the continuation of plans that would see transport policing transferred into the hands of regular police forces. Ministers have pursued the move for some tim...

Rochdale fire: Northern cancels services as 100 firefighters attend trackside blaze

Rochdale fire: Northern cancels services as 100 firefighters attend trackside blaze

08.02.18: A huge fire at a trackside industrial unit in Greater Manchester has caused mass delays on Northern Rail’s Leeds to Manchester services. Around 100 firefighters and 12 pumps were called to the scene in the early hours of this morning...

Track boundary confusion between NR and LU caused Wimbledon derailment

Track boundary confusion between NR and LU caused Wimbledon derailment

07.02.18: Confusion over which body should be responsible for a section of track near Wimbledon station contributed to a derailment in November last year which forced 300 people to be evacuated. Investigators from the RAIB said the problem came becau...

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Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

20/08/2018Government calls for companies to take part in 5G TransPennine pilot

The government is inviting companies to take part in a new 5G project on the TransPennine Railway line between Leeds and Manchester. The Tra... more >
First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

20/08/2018First upgraded ScotRail InterCity train arrives in Scotland, rollout completed by late 2019

ScotRail’s first upgraded InterCity train has arrived in Scotland as part of the revamped High Speed Trains (HST) that will connect Scotlan... more >
Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

20/08/2018Hitachi Class 802s to be put in operation following GWR press launch

Train operator Greater Western Railway (GWR) launched its new Hitachi Class 802 range on Friday, holding a media run from Penzance to Exeter to c... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >