Railway safety and crime

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...

Effects of digital mapping on rail transportation security and safety

Effects of digital mapping on rail transportation security and safety

01.03.07: Once an esoteric technology, digital mapping is powering mainstream applications like in-car navigation. The same technology is also transforming business operations including transportation. Transportation infrastructure operators strive t...

Healthy workforce so vital for rail

01.03.07: Rail industry employers have become increasingly aware of the benefits of developing a sound occupational health strategy which goes beyond all the statutory obligations and deals with issues such as flu protection and post-trauma counselling. ...

How safe are our railways?

01.03.07: Stephen Lewis visited Rail Safety and Standards Board headquarters near Euston to find out. It’s official - Britain’s railways are not only getting busier, they’re getting safer. “Since 1946, the risk on the railways...

Network Rail increasing level crossing safety with new risk model

Network Rail increasing level crossing safety with new risk model

01.03.07: Network Rail can now predict risk at all types of level crossings in the UK, enabling better informed decision making through the deployment of ALCRM (all level crossing risk model) from Strategic Thought. Network Rail took over the railway...

Risk triggered commentary improves rail safety

Risk triggered commentary improves rail safety

01.03.07: Halcrow, in partnership with Arriva Trains Wales (ATW), has won the Rail Safety and Security Excellence of the Year award at the HSBC Rail Business Awards 2006 in London. The awards, which are in their eighth year, recognise excellence in busine...

Tackling graffiti on the railways

01.03.07: Derek McGovern, chairman of the Anti-Graffiti Association, looks forward to this year’s national conference Those of us who work in the rail industry well know that the railway is a dangerous environment. Unfortunately, graffiti vanda...

Time to get hands on

01.03.07: Express Medicals Ltd is well known within the rail industry as a provider of PTS medicals and drug & alcohol testing. While these remain vital health and safety measures for the industry, new legal requirements are also crucial for many comp...

ATWS Autoprowa®

ATWS Autoprowa®

01.01.07: Within the last years the methodology of safety measures for on track work sites as well as the corresponding technology have changed. Track worker safety is a vital aspect when planning work sites. The railway industry therefore demanded a...

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First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

15/11/2018First Greater Anglia FLIRT bi-mode arrives in Norwich for testing

The first of Greater Anglia’s brand-new trains has now arrived in the region, pulling up to Norwich by a locomotive ahead of a programme of... more >
Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

15/11/2018Building new city-centre lines instead of using existing network inflates HS2 cost by 15%

HS2’s second phase will cost more compared to similar overseas schemes because it relies on new dedicated high-speed lines into city-centre... more >
HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

15/11/2018HS2 Phase 2 could be almost 30% cheaper, Armitt’s PwC review finds

Costs for HS2’s Phase 2 could be 27% lower if the company succeeds in implementing a series of opportunities to make the project more effic... 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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Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

13/11/2018Elizabeth Line: short-term pain for long-term gain?

Tim Bellenger, director of policy and investigation at London TravelWatch, discusses the deferred opening of the central section of the Elizabeth Line. The announcement on 31 August that the central core section of the Elizabeth Line would not be opening on 9 December was a cause for major dismay and disappointment amongst politicians and... more >
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Challenging the perceptions of rail

13/11/2018Challenging the perceptions of rail

Darren Caplan, chief executive of the Rail Industry Association (RIA) explains how the RIA Rail Fellowship Programme is challenging people’... more >
Data-driven rail

13/11/2018Data-driven rail

Andy Cross, director of Elastacloud, and Lucy Bealing, from the Elastacloud Rail Centre of Excellence, discuss their innovative collaboration wit... more >
Looking ahead to the Williams Review

13/11/2018Looking ahead to the Williams Review

Darren Shirley, chief executive of the Campaign for Better Transport, takes a look at the government’s root and branch review of the rail s... more >
Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

06/11/2018Digital Railway: All change on the ECML

Network Rail route programme director, Toufic Machnouk, explains why only a radically new approach to contracting will deliver a better service f... more >

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Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

09/11/2018Finding positives in negative short-circuiting devices

Sponsored interview  Anything that brings about safety and time-saving benefits is a valued improvement for the rail industry, which is w... more >