Railway safety and crime

Occupational health services in the rail industry

14.05.08: Dr Jonathan Cleeland, medical director and consultant occupational physician at Norwich Union Occupational Health, talks to rtm Is sickness absence a particular problem in the rail industry? Sickness absence is a problem for all industries...

SSW on a mission to wipe out graffiti

14.05.08: For years now graffiti has been the scourge of Britain's rail network. Its ugly art form is scrawled on stations, along embankments and on the rolling stock itself. But now at long last there is a solution that is helping to wipe away the vandal...

Steve Hunt, graffiti cleaning supervisor for the Tyne and Wear Metro talks to rtm

14.05.08: Is the problem getting better or worse? Graffiti comes and goes in waves, depending on who’s out there doing it. A small number of individuals or crews can cause a lot of damage if they are particularly active, and then you can have m...

Tackling workplace substance misuse

14.05.08: The recent survey by the CIPD entitled ‘Managing drug and alcohol misuse at work’ has highlighted the varying approaches companies take over this issue. Almost 40% of employers who responded did not have a policy on managing drug and...

Testing testing…

14.05.08: Studies have shown that employees under the influence of drugs and alcohol at work are a staggering four times more likely to have an accident than their colleagues. Performance is inevitably affected as the use of drugs and alcohol causes delay...

RAIB Report released into a derailment of a tram at Pomona station, Manchester on 17 January 2007

25.04.08: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into the derailment of a tram at Pomona station, Manchester on 17 January 2007. The full report into the incident is available here: http://www.raib.gov.uk/publications...

Nexus to install speed cameras at Metro level crossing

18.04.08: Nexus is to install speed cameras at its Callerton Parkway level crossing in Newcastle to help the police get tough with careless motorists who risk their lives by driving through red 'stop' lights when Metro trains are approaching. Nexus...

Industry commits to partnership approach to community safety

08.04.08: Rail industry leaders have committed to the adoption of partnership working between companies, the police and other agencies, to help tackle the problems of crime and anti-social behaviour on the railway. Over 150 delegates, from a broad sp...

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Safety first

08.04.08: What is the rail industry doing to address community safety issues? Alan Davies, programme manager for community safety at Rail Safety and Standards Board, explains. About the programme In January, RSSB published “The Railway S...

Safety regulations report published

08.04.08: A report on the first stage of a three-year project monitoring the impact of the Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006 (ROGS) is now available. The report, commissioned by the ORR, captures both the qualitati...

Strike-breaking blunder risked Lincoln rail catastrophe, says RMT

07.03.08: An apparently serious blunder by a Network Rail manager who worked a signal box during last Saturday’s Lincoln area signallers’ strike could have had catastrophic consequences, Britain’s biggest rail union reveals today. R...

Serial bomb hoaxer jailed

20.02.08: A man who tried to shut down London mainline stations by phoning in bomb threats has been gaoled for two years and nine months. David Treharne was convicted in December 2007 of making 11 bomb hoax calls, mostly targeting London mainline sta...

Investigation into an accident at Barrow on Soar on 1 February 2008

08.02.08: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is carrying out an investigation into an accident where a passenger train collided with a damaged footbridge at Barrow on Soar, Leicestershire, on 1 February 2008. The accident occurred at 06:32...

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...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >