Railway safety and crime

Fight flu

01.10.07: The winter season approaches and so too does influenza, more commonly known as the flu. In the UK more than 150 million working days a year are lost because of flu-related illness at a cost of £6.75 billion. The government is indicating th...

Laser technology lessens safety risk

01.10.07: Guaranteeing the safety of rail passengers is a priority for all rail networks. Regular inspection of track and trains heightens safety, but inspection itself prompts many serious safety issues, none more so than the risk posed to staff. We...

14 Year old arrested after train driver injured in Manchester

27.09.07: Detectives from British Transport Police (BTP) have arrested a 14 year old boy in connection with an incident in which a brick was thrown through a train windscreen in the Beswick area back in August, 2007. The driver of the train suffered...

KeTech offers ultimate safety package for one person operation

27.09.07: Following an extensive period of research and development, KeTech Systems has released the next generation of track-to-train transmission based on sophisticated leaky feeder technology, promising a revolution in passenger safety for metros and r...

Grayrigg derailment - industry report released

13.09.07: The rail industry report into the tragic accident that happened at Grayrigg, Cumbria on 23 February 2007 is released today. The report explores fully the events that led up to the accident, how the derailment happened, what caused the accid...

Public inquiry into Grayrigg needed – Farron

13.09.07: Commenting on Network Rail’s internal report into the Grayrigg train accident, local Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament, Tim Farron said: “I welcome Network Rail’s response to this accident. It is good to see the compan...

Elsenham pedestrian gate locking system in place

30.08.07: Engineers have installed a new pedestrian gate locking system at Elsenham station. Notices have been erected to inform passengers that the pedestrian gates will be locked when the road gates are closed to allow trains to pass through. They will...

RAIB Report released into a collision at Badminton

23.08.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a collision at Badminton on 31 October 2006. On Tuesday 31 October 2006 two self-propelled track maintenance machines, a tamper and a ballast regulator, collided nea...

Results of research into seat belts, windows and the industry approach to escape from passenger trains

23.08.07: Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) has published the results of research into seat belts, windows and the industry approach to escape from passenger trains. Britain’s railways are extremely safe and accidents are rare. The measure...

RAIB Report released into collision at Pickering station

09.08.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a collision at Pickering station on the North Yorkshire Moors Railway on 5 May 2007. A summary of the key points from the report is included below. Summary On...

RoSPA recognises Giffen Group

23.07.07: The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents has presented Giffen Group Plc one of its prestigious occupational health & safety awards. The gold award was presented at a special ceremony at the Hilton Metropole in Birmingham at the end...

Smoking at stations became a thing of the past on Britain

23.07.07: Smoking at stations became a thing of the past on Britain’s railways on Sunday 1 July when the government’s legislation prohibiting smoking in public places in England came into effect. This brings the railways in England in lin...

Modernisation work begins at brent cross station

21.06.07: 60 engineers dedicated to improving the safety and security of passengers travelling on the London Underground Tube Lines, the company responsible for rebuilding the Jubilee, Northern and Piccadilly lines, is transforming Brent Cross statio...

Drugs and alcohol in the rail workplace

01.05.07: News about drug and alcohol abuse is often in the headlines nowadays. More often than not it is linked to a story about crime or social decline saying that drug use within the teenage and adult community in the UK is increasing, but it is rarely...

1000 carriages to ease overcrowding

01.03.07: Passenger Focus, the independent national rail consumer watchdog, has welcomed the announcement by the Secretary of State for Transport that 1000 carriages are going to be bought to help alleviate overcrowding. Passenger Focus chief executi...

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Five injured in Tube explosion

20/06/2018Five injured in Tube explosion

Five people have been injured in an explosion at a north London Underground station. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that police we... more >
Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

19/06/2018Strike news: guards row brings fresh strikes to Northern, South Western called off

Members of the Rail, Maritime and Transport (RMT) union have walked out in a fresh dispute between the union and Northern Rail over a long-runnin... more >
TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

19/06/2018TOC bosses appear before MPs, blame chaos on infrastructure failures

Bosses from Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) and Northern Rail cited failures in infrastructure being completed in time and last-minute change... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >