Railway safety and crime

Reward offered: attempted derailment - Llanbradach, Wales

25.01.08: British Transport Police are continuing to appeal for information following the incident at Llanbradach on 4 January 2008, when a train almost derailed after striking obstructions placed on the line. A £5,000 reward has been offered b...

RAIB Report released into two collisions between trains and road vehicles

20.12.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report today into two collisions between trains and road vehicles on the Leighton Buzzard narrow gauge railway, on 25 March and 25 August 2007. Summary On Sunday 25 March 2007...

Lineside fire delays extinguished by robotic technology

06.12.07: Commuter disruption caused by fires that are close to railway tracks and involving Acetylene cylinders could be minimised if the current six month trial using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) continues to prove successful. Network Rail, working...

Two sentenced to over 13 years' imprisonment for injuring train driver

06.12.07: A Kidderminster duo was sentenced at Worcester Crown Court today after previously pleading guilty to two charges of damaging property and being reckless as to whether another life was endangered. Kevin Clee (19) received six years’ im...

Report released into a fire on prototype tram 611 at Blackpool

29.11.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a fire on prototype tram 611 at Blackpool on 24 January 2007. A summary of the key points from the report is included below - Summary On Wednesday 24 Janua...

ROGS ‘One-Year-On’ Conference – a shared learning experience

28.11.07: Managers and trade union representatives from across the rail industry gathered in London recently to share practical experience of the new ROGS safety regulations, twelve months after their implementation. The conference was held at the Wellcom...

RAIB Report released into the tram door incident at Wellesley Road 15 June 2007

22.11.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report today into the tram door incident at Wellesley Road tram stop. The full report is available here: http://www.raib.gov.uk/publications/investigation_reports/reports_2007...

Holding the line

14.11.07: Maintenance is a major issue for all businesses, but it takes on a whole new dimension when the maintenance responsibility is for systems that ensure the fire safety of 500 million passenger journeys every year. Mick Gay sheds light on what is i...

Out with the old and in with the new

14.11.07: Occupational health management in the rail industry Dr Jonathan Cleeland, medical director and consultant occupational physician The rail industry has presented risks to health and safety ever since its inception in the early 19th cent...

RMT demands urgent action after 12th rail runaway since Tebay tragedy

08.11.07: Watchdog too slow and too lenient after spate of runaways, says union Urgent action to stop the continuing stream of runaways on Britain’s railways has been demanded by Britain’s biggest rail union after another road-rail vehi...

Man arrested in connection with the Grayrigg

01.11.07: A 46 year old man, arrested in connection with the Grayrigg derailment has been re-bailed to return to British Transport Police on 26 March, 2008, pending further enquiries. He was originally arrested on 11 July, 2007 in connection to the d...

Safety Verification in the Heritage Railway and Tramway Sectors

01.11.07: The Office of Rail Regulation today announced that it believes the safety verification requirements of the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS) should be applied to heritage railways and tramways from Octo...

RAIB Report released into a fire on an HGV shuttle

25.10.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report today into a fire on an HGV shuttle in the Channel Tunnel on 21 August 2006. The full report is available here: http://www.raib.gov.uk/publications/investigation_reports/...

Dover MP Gwyn Prosser presents secure station award to Dover priory railway station

11.10.07: Dover Priory railway station is among 11 on the Southeastern network to have recently been accredited with Secure Station status, helping to reassure passengers and staff about their safety on the railway. The stations have gained their awards...

RAIB Progress report released into the derailment at Grayrigg, Cumbria

04.10.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released a progress report into the derailment at Grayrigg, Cumbria, on 23 February 2007. A summary of the key points from the report is included below. Summary On Friday 23 February 2...

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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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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

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