Railway safety and crime

Rail industry must step up the pace of planning - ORR

25.07.08: The Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) has called on the rail industry to step up the pace of its planning to meet the long-term challenges it faces if it is to meet the expectations of its customers and of government. ORR said that as the ind...

Medscreen keeps your drug and alcohol policy on the right track

15.07.08: The Transport and Works Act 1992 placed ‘due diligence’ demands on the industry specifically relating to drugs and alcohol. To demonstrate due diligence, the rail industry introduced a series of measures. These needed to be stringent...

Appeal for witnesses after male pushed from top of railway tunnel

16.05.08: British Transport Police have appealed to members of the public for assistance in tracking two men wanted for questioning after a member of rail staff was threatened with a knife and pushed down a railway embankment in East Sussex. BTP Dete...

Corporate Manslaughter Act – are you prepared?

14.05.08: The Corporate Manslaughter and Corporate Homicide Act 2007 came into force on 6th April 2008. This long awaited legislation brings with it new risks for rail network operators, say Caroline May and David Beckenham The CMA introduces a new o...

Drug & alcohol screening emergencies

14.05.08: Alison Brown, chief executive officer of Healthcare Connections, looks at emergency ‘for cause’ screening services Anyone who works under Railway Group Standards should be well aware of the workplace safety requirements that dic...

Health, safety, environmental impact and accessibility: achieving the least bad compromise between conflicting objectives

14.05.08: Everyone wants a safe railway, one that does not damage the health of its employees, passengers or neighbours, a railway that has a low environmental impact and one that is accessible to the disabled, families with children and cyclists. Unfortu...

Nexus keep it clean

14.05.08: Metro’s 17 strong team of graffiti cleaners do an outstanding job. Their efforts to keep the Tyne and Wear Metro network - some 60 stations and associated track-side areas - free from graffiti throughout the year, rain or shine, were recog...

Occupational health services in the rail industry

14.05.08: Dr Jonathan Cleeland, medical director and consultant occupational physician at Norwich Union Occupational Health, talks to rtm Is sickness absence a particular problem in the rail industry? Sickness absence is a problem for all industries...

SSW on a mission to wipe out graffiti

14.05.08: For years now graffiti has been the scourge of Britain's rail network. Its ugly art form is scrawled on stations, along embankments and on the rolling stock itself. But now at long last there is a solution that is helping to wipe away the vandal...

Steve Hunt, graffiti cleaning supervisor for the Tyne and Wear Metro talks to rtm

14.05.08: Is the problem getting better or worse? Graffiti comes and goes in waves, depending on who’s out there doing it. A small number of individuals or crews can cause a lot of damage if they are particularly active, and then you can have m...

Tackling workplace substance misuse

14.05.08: The recent survey by the CIPD entitled ‘Managing drug and alcohol misuse at work’ has highlighted the varying approaches companies take over this issue. Almost 40% of employers who responded did not have a policy on managing drug and...

Testing testing…

14.05.08: Studies have shown that employees under the influence of drugs and alcohol at work are a staggering four times more likely to have an accident than their colleagues. Performance is inevitably affected as the use of drugs and alcohol causes delay...

RAIB Report released into a derailment of a tram at Pomona station, Manchester on 17 January 2007

25.04.08: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into the derailment of a tram at Pomona station, Manchester on 17 January 2007. The full report into the incident is available here: http://www.raib.gov.uk/publications...

Nexus to install speed cameras at Metro level crossing

18.04.08: Nexus is to install speed cameras at its Callerton Parkway level crossing in Newcastle to help the police get tough with careless motorists who risk their lives by driving through red 'stop' lights when Metro trains are approaching. Nexus...

Industry commits to partnership approach to community safety

08.04.08: Rail industry leaders have committed to the adoption of partnership working between companies, the police and other agencies, to help tackle the problems of crime and anti-social behaviour on the railway. Over 150 delegates, from a broad sp...

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Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

19/07/2019Rail North Partnership review sets out recommendations

A review of the Rail North Partnership, headed by Leeds Council leader cllr Judith Blake and rail minister Andrew Jones, has set out recommendati... more >
TfL announces 4G for London Underground in 2020

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Transport for London (TfL) have announced that 4G will be available on parts of the London Underground from March 2020. The eastern half of ... more >
Study of light rail finds Manchester Metrolink one of best in the world

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An international study of light rail systems has identified Metrolink as one of the best in the world. The system was rated as fifth best in... 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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Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

05/06/2019Apprentice to Co-leading the Rail Sector Deal

In a series of Q&A’s with key speakers on the run up to TransCityRail Midlands, we caught up with TransCityRail panellist and Amey’s commercial account director, Anna Delvecchio, for her insight into what the Rail Sector Deal means for the rail industry and its supply chain. Anna started her career as an apprentice at the age o... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

By Ewan Quayle, Rail Technology Magazine Reporter Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on R... more >