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RAIB to investigate after train stranded in sub-zero conditions

RAIB to investigate after train stranded in sub-zero conditions

15.03.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has announced its intention to investigate incidents earlier this month which saw trains stranded in freezing conditions in London. One such incident occurred on 2 March when a Southeastern trai...

RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

RAIB to investigate Cambrian line ERTMS failure

22.02.18: The RAIB has launched an investigation into the loss of speed restriction data to trains during an incident on 20 October on the Cambrian coast line. A driver travelling on the line in North Wales reported that longstanding temporary speed res...

RAIB to look into accident which saw an elderly woman dragged into tunnel after being trapped by train door

RAIB to look into accident which saw an elderly woman dragged into tunnel after being trapped by train door

21.02.18: The RAIB has launched an investigation into an incident on 31 January that saw a 78-year-old passenger dragged into a tunnel on the London Underground after her bag became trapped between the doors of a train, leaving her “seriously injured....

RAIB: Runaway trailer separated from train due to deliberately disabled brakes

RAIB: Runaway trailer separated from train due to deliberately disabled brakes

19.02.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a runaway trailer in Hope, Derbyshire. The incident occurred on Sunday 28 May 2017 when a trailer, which was being propelled by a small rail tractor, became detached bet...

Union hits out at controversial plans to merge BTP into Police Scotland

Union hits out at controversial plans to merge BTP into Police Scotland

09.02.18: Officials from the TSSA union have today lashed out at the Scottish Government for the continuation of plans that would see transport policing transferred into the hands of regular police forces. Ministers have pursued the move for some tim...

Rochdale fire: Northern cancels services as 100 firefighters attend trackside blaze

Rochdale fire: Northern cancels services as 100 firefighters attend trackside blaze

08.02.18: A huge fire at a trackside industrial unit in Greater Manchester has caused mass delays on Northern Rail’s Leeds to Manchester services. Around 100 firefighters and 12 pumps were called to the scene in the early hours of this morning...

Track boundary confusion between NR and LU caused Wimbledon derailment

Track boundary confusion between NR and LU caused Wimbledon derailment

07.02.18: Confusion over which body should be responsible for a section of track near Wimbledon station contributed to a derailment in November last year which forced 300 people to be evacuated. Investigators from the RAIB said the problem came becau...

RAIB to investigate Scottish train which derailed following major landslip

RAIB to investigate Scottish train which derailed following major landslip

07.02.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a train derailment that occurred last month. The incident happened at 06:47am on Monday 22 January 2018, when a passenger train traveling between Mallaig and Glasg...

Child faced with ‘life-threatening’ danger after nearly falling through toilet floor

Child faced with ‘life-threatening’ danger after nearly falling through toilet floor

31.01.18: An incident in June 2017 which saw a child nearly fall through the missing floor of a train toilet could have been life-threatening, says the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). The accident occurred on a South Devon Railway (SDR) tr...

Making the railway safer with big data

Making the railway safer with big data

30.01.18: Peter Hughes, principal research fellow at the Institute for Railway Research, argues big data is revolutionising close call reporting on our railways. Close call reporting systems are an important part of the GB railways safety management...

Croydon tram crash driver likely lost awareness due to a ‘microsleep’

Croydon tram crash driver likely lost awareness due to a ‘microsleep’

07.12.17: The driver of a tram which derailed in Croydon last year had a “temporary loss of awareness” probably caused by a “microsleep.” The crash caused the death of seven people, while 61 others were injured in the inc...

Passenger fatalities increase for second year running

Passenger fatalities increase for second year running

04.12.17: The number of rail passenger fatalities has increased for the second year in a row, according to a report published this week.  The ORR’s annual Rail Statistics Compendium, has revealed that 2016-17 saw the deaths of 15 rail passenge...

NR at fault for ‘potentially disastrous’ Liverpool Lime Street wall collapse

NR at fault for ‘potentially disastrous’ Liverpool Lime Street wall collapse

30.11.17: Investigators have found that Network Rail was partially at fault for a wall that collapsed onto open railway lines earlier this year. Services at Liverpool Lime Street ground to a halt earlier this year when the wall collapsed over all fou...

Southeastern fined £2.5m after cleaner is electrocuted on live rail

Southeastern fined £2.5m after cleaner is electrocuted on live rail

20.11.17: Southeastern Trains along with a company contracted to clean its trains have been fined following the death of a cleaner three years ago. The prosecution, which was brought about by the Office of Rail and Road, has resulted in a £2.5m fin...

Rail risk: reality and perception

Rail risk: reality and perception

17.11.17: George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry needs to preserve its sound risk-based approach to safety as we consider a more automated future. ...

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Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18/12/2018Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

“Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoid... more >
Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

18/12/2018Structural steelwork begins on Glasgow Queen Street transformation

The transformation of Glasgow Queen Street has been revealed as engineers have finished the installation of the west truss and have begun buildin... more >
Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

18/12/2018Rival operators to run on same rail routes in bid to drive up competition

Passengers will have the choice of choosing which train operators they travel with under new plans to allow rival TOCs to operate on the same rou... 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 >