Railway safety and crime

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/...

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...

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ScotRail submits £18m improvement plan in response to government improvement notice

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Under-fire train operator ScotRail has unveiled an £18m remedial plan to recruit more staff and bring in additional high-speed trains in re... more >
Major redevelopment plans for Edinburgh Waverley station unveiled

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Network Rail has launched a consultation on a multi-million long-term redevelopment plan for Edinburgh’s Waverley Station. With annual... more >
Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

25/03/2019Failings found as passengers on stranded train walk on live track in ‘potentially lethal’ incident, RAIB says

Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks s... 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 West Midlands 30-year strategy

19/03/2019The West Midlands 30-year strategy

Malcolm Holmes, executive director of West Midlands Rail Executive (WMRE), outlines the West Midlands Rail Investment Strategy 2018-2047. The West Midlands Rail Executive was formed three years ago to give local authorities a direct influence over the award of the region’s main rail franchise. Working with the Department for Transpo... more >
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Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

19/03/2019Caledonian Sleeper: a railway icon re-imagined

The world-renowned Caledonian Sleeper, due to begin operations at the end of spring 2019, completed its first Scotland to London journey earlier ... more >
26-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

19/03/201926-30 Railcard: taking advantage of opportunities

After a nine-month national trial, the rail industry launched its seventh National Railcard for 26-30-year-olds on 2 January 2019. Rail Delivery ... more >
East West Rail: the next steps

19/03/2019East West Rail: the next steps

In January, five route options for the central section of East West Rail were published as part of a public consultation on the next phase of the... more >
Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

19/03/2019Rail's role in transit-orientated developments

Jonathan Bray, director at the Urban Transport Group (UTG), argues that transit-oriented developments are the future – and that rail has a ... more >

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Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

12/03/2019Women in rail - is the industry on the right track?

RTM sits down with Samantha Smith, sole female member of the TransPennine Route Upgrade Alliance Leadership Team, to find out more about encourag... more >