Railway safety and crime

Secure stations

Secure stations

25.09.17: Gary Heward, director at MFD International and a security consultant and member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists, managed by the Institution of Civil Engineers on behalf of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastru...

What role does smart security have in safer rail?

What role does smart security have in safer rail?

08.09.17: Carl Pocknell, head of engineering at Panasonic System Solutions Europe, discusses the role of video analytics in keeping transport hubs safe and operating efficiently. Despite there being over five million CCTV cameras in the UK, most surv...

Thieves make off with £90,000 of copper wire from railway in Staffordshire

Thieves make off with £90,000 of copper wire from railway in Staffordshire

16.08.17: Thieves have stolen more than £90,000 worth of copper wire from the railway over the past six weeks in Staffordshire, Network Rail has today stated. Around 3,650 metres of copper cable was removed by criminals, and police believe that...

NR served with nearly £5m worth of health and safety fines in 2016-17

NR served with nearly £5m worth of health and safety fines in 2016-17

10.08.17: The rate of improvement in health and safety on the rail network has “plateaued”, the ORR has stated. It was also revealed that over the course of the last year, Network Rail paid out almost £5m in fines for three separate inci...

RAIB to investigate as child almost falls through floor of moving train

RAIB to investigate as child almost falls through floor of moving train

10.07.17: A mother and her child narrowly avoided falling through the open floor a toilet compartment on a South Devon Railway (SDR) train, prompting an investigation by the RAIB. In a statement today, the RAIB said it was investigating the incident...

CrossCountry partners with Scouts to push rail safety education initiative

CrossCountry partners with Scouts to push rail safety education initiative

05.07.17: A partnership between CrossCountry and the Scout Association has been announced this week to educate children and young people about rail safety. Educational materials have been developed by the operator for use by the Cub Scouts’ 150...

Alstom opens UK’s largest train modernisation facility in Widnes

Alstom opens UK’s largest train modernisation facility in Widnes

29.06.17: One of the largest centres for train modernisation to ever be built in the UK has today been unveiled by Alstom. Situated in Widnes in the north west of England, the facility was opened by Parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Depar...

BTP issues warning after teen almost killed trespassing at Bescot depot

BTP issues warning after teen almost killed trespassing at Bescot depot

08.06.17: Police have today released information about a pair of teenagers who were seriously injured last week after being electrocuted by overhead wires when they climbed on top of a freight train in a rail depot. By releasing the information, the...

Courageous BTP officer praised as London Bridge station reopens

Courageous BTP officer praised as London Bridge station reopens

05.06.17: London Bridge station has today reopened following the terrorist incident that took place in the capital on Saturday evening. Network Rail had warned that police cordons were expected to be in place until at least 8am, but work was conclude...

Bravery of rail staff praised as Manchester Victoria reopens

Bravery of rail staff praised as Manchester Victoria reopens

30.05.17: Manchester Victoria has reopened for passengers today after being closed for seven days following the terrorist incident last week. The station was shut after the attack on 22 May at Manchester Arena’s foyer to allow police to carry o...

Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

26.05.17: For the first time in rail history, specialist firearms officers will patrol trains across the UK network to ensure that the travelling public are kept safe after Monday’s terrorist attack. Following the events of the suicide bombing...

BTP steps up officer numbers at stations as terrorist threat level raised

BTP steps up officer numbers at stations as terrorist threat level raised

24.05.17: The presence of police officers at UK railway stations has been stepped up today in light of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester. Manchester Victoria, which is right next to where the incident at Manchester Arena took place, has r...

Risk management for railway engineering

Risk management for railway engineering

22.05.17: RTM talks to Ben Shirley, health and safety risk specialist at the ORR, about the importance of risk management on Great Britain’s railways. Keeping risk ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP) is an essential part of m...

Collecting safety culture data confidentially

Collecting safety culture data confidentially

21.03.17: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, explains how confidential reporting can ‘deep dive’ into an organisation’s safety and reporting culture to reveal what might be happening far beneath the surface, often hidden...

TfL admits liability over Croydon tram crash

TfL admits liability over Croydon tram crash

16.03.17: Transport for London (TfL) has today begun admitting liability for its part in the Croydon tram crash of 9 November 2016, in relation to compensation claims from families of the victims of the crash. The tram was found to be travelling at o...

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Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

16/08/2018Council pitches £375m light rail scheme linking south to Heathrow airport

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Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

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Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor d... 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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A radical solution to the employment crisis

24/07/2018A radical solution to the employment crisis

Peter Cayless, founder and creative director at Working Eye, talks about an innovative solution to employment in the rail industry that might just help transform careers advice into career discovery. At the 2012 Latitude Festival, comedian Shappi Khorsandi joked that rather than book a clown for their daughter’s birthday party, pare... more >
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Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

31/07/2018Passengers at the heart of Thameslink

As Thameslink launches a new timetable, Richard Freeston-Clough, operations and communications officer at London TravelWatch, looks back at the w... more >
Customers want more rail freight

31/07/2018Customers want more rail freight

Philippa Edmunds, Freight on Rail manager at the Campaign for Better Transport, makes a socioeconomic case for continued investment not only in t... more >
Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

31/07/2018Freight for the Borderlands' untapped potential

John Stevenson, MP for Carlisle and the government’s Borderlands Deal Champion, discusses the untapped potential for growth in the Borderla... more >
British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

31/07/2018British manufacturing in buoyant demand for steel

Roger Neary, head of logistics sales at DB Cargo UK, discusses the rail freight company’s £6m expansion of its steel warehousing faci... more >

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Transforming travel in the north west

06/02/2018Transforming travel in the north west

RTM’s Josh Mines talks to Robin Davis, head of new trains at TransPennine Express (TPE), about the huge rolling stock change journey the co... more >