Railway safety and crime

RAIB Report released into a collision at Badminton

23.08.07: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a collision at Badminton on 31 October 2006. On Tuesday 31 October 2006 two self-propelled track maintenance machines, a tamper and a ballast regulator, collided nea...

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...

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Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

22/03/2019Government gives ‘hugely important’ £208m Belfast Transport Hub the green light

A new £208m Belfast Transport Hub with major rail and bus connections has been granted planning permission by the Department of Infrastruct... more >
New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

22/03/2019New to-the-minute measures for train punctuality introduced to tackle delays

New measures of train punctuality are to be released by train operators and Network Rail next month in a bid to improve performance. The Rai... more >
FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

22/03/2019FirstGroup finalises £100m order for Hitachi trains as plans for London-Edinburgh rail link move forward

FirstGroup has finalised a £100m order for Hitachi AT300 electric trainsets in a partnership between the two companies to create a new Lond... 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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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 >
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 >
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 >