Railway safety and crime

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...

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/...

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‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

19/02/2019‘Time is running out’: MSP and union leaders call for government intervention into Springburn depot

Scottish Labour and union leaders have called on the government to take the Springburn depot under public control as ministers debate the depot&r... more >
South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

19/02/2019South Western Railway strikes suspended after ‘significant breakthrough’ in guard dispute

Strike action by workers on the South Western Railway (SWR) have been suspended after a “significant breakthrough” was made in the lo... more >
MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

19/02/2019MPs make joint-pledge to back rail investment in Liverpool Manchester corridor in Parliament

More than 20 MPs from Liverpool and Manchester have signed a commitment to support rail investment in the north west. The pledge, which was ... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... 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 >