Railway safety and crime

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...

Slips, trips and falls

01.01.07: Stations across the country are tackling the problem of slips, trips and falls. Austin Reynolds Ltd has recently installed its fibreglass slip resistant stair treads and landing covers to more than 40 train stations, with orders for a further...

Vital focus on safety

01.01.07: Vital Rail is a subsidiary of Vital Services Group and provider of engineering support, technical and safety training services to the rail industry. As part of Vital Rail’s continuing ‘commitment to safety’ programme, rail...

How to win approval from those who matter

01.11.06: The Rail Safety and Standards Board recently introduced a sweeping new scheme, RISAB, to govern the approval process for rail industry suppliers. Here Colin Turpin, technical director of CORREL Rail, tells us why the scheme was introduced &ndash...


01.11.06: Tratos, a manufacturer of electrical cable with two factories in Italy and a distribution warehouse in the U.K. have recently obtained BASEC and LPCB approvals for their fire safety cables to meet the requirements of BS5839 1:2002 . Their F...

AB Connectors supplies new harness design to Transys Projects

01.09.06: Leading connector manufacturer, AB Connectors, has secured a major contract to supply inter-car jumper harnesses to turnkey enhancements provider, Transys Projects. The harnesses will be fitted to class 321 and 315 trains for ONE and will allow...

AEA Technology Rail and Faiveley Transport awards

01.09.06: Rail Safety and Standards Board has accredited AEA Technology Rail as a Railway Industry Supplier Approval Body (RISAB) under the new Railway Industry Supplier Approval Scheme (RISAS) to encourage quality, safety and reliability improvement in t...

Railway Safety Annual Report 2005 reveals level crossings big killer

01.09.06: Safety performance on Britain's railways is continuing to improve, the Office of Rail Regulation's (ORR) chief inspector of railways, Linda Williams, has said. ORR Annual Report on Railway Safety 2005 is the first report on the safety recor...

ORR publishes first of new quarterly series

01.08.06: The Office of Rail Regulation's publication provides comment on the issues and trends in the national rail industry in Britain and also incorporates the latest quarterly edition of The Network Rail Monitor, with companion scorecards for England...

Railway safety – all change?

01.02.06: Responsibility for railway safety regulation will soon transfer to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) from the Health and Safety Commission (HSC) and Executive (HSE). This will enact the Government's intention to bring all aspects of rail regul...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >