Railway safety and crime

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...

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...

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Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

17/10/2018Network Rail starts consultation to remove worst rail bottle-neck in UK

Network Rail has announced a public consultation into proposals for a major rail upgrade to the ‘Croydon bottle-neck’ on the Brighton... more >
HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

17/10/2018HS2 plans to transform Leeds station approved by council

Councillors have endorsed a “milestone” plan to transform Leeds station in preparation for HS2 arriving in the region. The Leeds... more >
Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

17/10/2018Paddington: New GWR Hitachi train takes down rail network whilst on its test run

A brand-new test train has “severely damaged” overhead electric wires, causing massive disruption to all trains going into and out of... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

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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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... more >

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

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >