Railway safety and crime

RAIB to investigate Scottish train which derailed following major landslip

RAIB to investigate Scottish train which derailed following major landslip

07.02.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a train derailment that occurred last month. The incident happened at 06:47am on Monday 22 January 2018, when a passenger train traveling between Mallaig and Glasg...

Child faced with ‘life-threatening’ danger after nearly falling through toilet floor

Child faced with ‘life-threatening’ danger after nearly falling through toilet floor

31.01.18: An incident in June 2017 which saw a child nearly fall through the missing floor of a train toilet could have been life-threatening, says the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). The accident occurred on a South Devon Railway (SDR) tr...

Making the railway safer with big data

Making the railway safer with big data

30.01.18: Peter Hughes, principal research fellow at the Institute for Railway Research, argues big data is revolutionising close call reporting on our railways. Close call reporting systems are an important part of the GB railways safety management...

Croydon tram crash driver likely lost awareness due to a ‘microsleep’

Croydon tram crash driver likely lost awareness due to a ‘microsleep’

07.12.17: The driver of a tram which derailed in Croydon last year had a “temporary loss of awareness” probably caused by a “microsleep.” The crash caused the death of seven people, while 61 others were injured in the inc...

Passenger fatalities increase for second year running

Passenger fatalities increase for second year running

04.12.17: The number of rail passenger fatalities has increased for the second year in a row, according to a report published this week.  The ORR’s annual Rail Statistics Compendium, has revealed that 2016-17 saw the deaths of 15 rail passenge...

NR at fault for ‘potentially disastrous’ Liverpool Lime Street wall collapse

NR at fault for ‘potentially disastrous’ Liverpool Lime Street wall collapse

30.11.17: Investigators have found that Network Rail was partially at fault for a wall that collapsed onto open railway lines earlier this year. Services at Liverpool Lime Street ground to a halt earlier this year when the wall collapsed over all fou...

Southeastern fined £2.5m after cleaner is electrocuted on live rail

Southeastern fined £2.5m after cleaner is electrocuted on live rail

20.11.17: Southeastern Trains along with a company contracted to clean its trains have been fined following the death of a cleaner three years ago. The prosecution, which was brought about by the Office of Rail and Road, has resulted in a £2.5m fin...

Rail risk: reality and perception

Rail risk: reality and perception

17.11.17: George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry needs to preserve its sound risk-based approach to safety as we consider a more automated future. ...

What next for safety?

What next for safety?

09.11.17: As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee Jones, explains how embracing tech, smart data and human science could help the infrastructure pr...

Cyber security vital after four attacks on Britain’s rail network last year

Cyber security vital after four attacks on Britain’s rail network last year

07.11.17: Digital technology must play a part in improving organisational resilience and reducing passenger safety risk, a leading rail industry figure has stated. Speaking at Rail Network Resilience 2017 last week, Arup’s resilience, security and...

Ian Prosser: Safety by design

Ian Prosser: Safety by design

02.11.17: Ian Prosser, the ORR’s chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety, outlines to RTM’s Josh Mines the key challenges facing rail organisations in improving health and safety standards. Keeping passengers and worker...

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

30.10.17: The RAIB has released its report into a serious irregularity which occurred at Cardiff East Junction in December 2016 which could have caused trains to collide with each other. The incident occurred whilst Network Rail carried out extensive re...

Industry-wide update on platform safety

Industry-wide update on platform safety

18.10.17: New guidance on platform safety standards have been released by the RSSB. Industry-wide measures have been updated and collectively agreements have been reached on platform safety in order to stop passengers getting hurt. The RSSB issu...

ScotRail to spend £2.6m clearing leaves off tracks in autumn

ScotRail to spend £2.6m clearing leaves off tracks in autumn

03.10.17: ScotRail is set to invest £2.6m in clearing the tracks of leaves this autumn as part of a larger programme of works to keep its passengers moving whatever the weather. Though falling leaves seem harmless, they can actually cause consi...

Stagecoach takes action following fatal Sheffield collision probe

Stagecoach takes action following fatal Sheffield collision probe

27.09.17: The RAIB has issued a report following an investigation into a fatal collision with a pedestrian in December 2016. The pedestrian was using the crossing at the northern end of Woodbourn Road tram stop when they were struck by the tram as it...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... 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 >