Railway safety and crime

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...

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...

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Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

22/01/2019Cross-party calls for Glasgow airport rail link to be delivered ‘as matter of urgency’

The proposed rail link between Glasgow Airport and the city centre must be built “as a matter of urgency,” according to opposition pa... more >
Rail company in bid to build multi-million-pound rail depot near Ipswich station

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Rail company Freightliner has revealed that it is hoping to build a new multi-million pound depot for its trains just outside Ipswich station. ... more >
Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

22/01/2019Porterbrook awards £11m contract to modify new digital Heathrow Express fleet

Porterbrook has unveiled a £11m contract with Bombardier to modify 12 Class 387 trains in preparation for their use on the Heathrow Express... 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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Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

22/01/2019Trashing the 'ticket' train of thought

techUK recently published its Future Mobility Services report in which it presented its vision of a multimodal, digitally-enabled, and customer-focused transport ecosystem – with the rail sector forming a major part of this. Jessica Russell, techUK’s programme manager for the Transport and Smart Cities groups under SmarterUK, repor... more >
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ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

22/01/2019ORBIS: Turning track data into intelligence

Track engineer Dan Collins explains how an app and an iPad are transforming track maintenance in Network Rail’s Western route. Carryin... more >
Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

22/01/2019Siemens Deep Tube: Keeping London moving

Paul Baines, sales director for rolling stock at Siemens Mobility Ltd, expands on the many benefits of the £1.5bn Deep Tube rolling stock c... more >
Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22/01/2019Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Sur... more >
ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

15/01/2019ORR: Defining an 'efficient' railway

Ahead of CP6, Howard Taylor, cost manager of railway planning and performance at the ORR, dives deep into the regulator’s assessment of wha... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >