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Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

Helium balloons causing ‘increasing number of train delays’ at cost of £1m

17 April 2019Helium-filled balloons are causing hundreds of train delays at a cost of £1m in taxpayer money every year, Network Rail has revealed. There have been 619 balloon-related incidents across England, Scotland and Wales in the past year –...

Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

Dawlish sea wall gets council planning approval with construction to begin in May

17 April 2019Plans for an £80m sea wall to protect the Dawlish coastal rail line from extreme weather have been by approved by Teignbridge District Council. Construction of the new sea wall will now begin at the end of May, and once completed will provi...

Mother of girl killed by ‘silent’ train suing Network Rail for breaching its duty of care

Mother of girl killed by ‘silent’ train suing Network Rail for breaching its duty of care

15 April 2019Network Rail is being sued by the mother of a teenager who was killed by a ‘silent’ midnight train in Halifax. Milena Gagic, 16, died instantly when she was hit by a night train travelling at 55mph at a level crossing in December 2014...

RAIB launches investigation after ‘vulnerable’ man fell on Metrolink tracks as tram departed

RAIB launches investigation after ‘vulnerable’ man fell on Metrolink tracks as tram departed

15 April 2019An investigation has been launched after a “vulnerable” passenger fell onto the track on the Manchester Metrolink after the tram he was leaning on pulled away, the RAIB has said. The man, described by the RAIB as “in a vulnerabl...

Cornwall train with 14 passengers onboard derailed after track jumped to wrong position, RAIB finds

Cornwall train with 14 passengers onboard derailed after track jumped to wrong position, RAIB finds

12 April 2019A train with 14 passengers on board derailed at a Cornish station after the points which allow trains to switch between tracks jumped into the wrong position, the RAIB has found. The passenger train was left straddling between two lines as it ent...

Train ‘fortunate’ to avoid collision after breaking through barriers at a level crossing, RAIB reports

Train ‘fortunate’ to avoid collision after breaking through barriers at a level crossing, RAIB reports

11 April 2019The RAIB has published a raft of safety measures after a train ran onto a level crossing and broke through the barriers in what could have been a fatal incident. The engineering train was approaching a level crossing at Penrhyn in Wales on 6 Janu...

RAIB to investigate lorry’s near miss with train at level crossing

RAIB to investigate lorry’s near miss with train at level crossing

04 April 2019The RAIB has launched an investigation after a passenger train came close to a collision with a lorry that had become trapped at a level crossing. The cement mixer lorry drove onto the crossing at Mucking in Essex just as the barriers began lower...

Five Caledonian Sleeper staff quit after reporting for work following drinking sessions

Five Caledonian Sleeper staff quit after reporting for work following drinking sessions

29 March 2019Five Caledonian Sleeper staff have left the operator after they were caught turning up to work after drinking in two separate incidents. The staff, who worked on-board the new sleeper services between London and Scotland, were suspended following...

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

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

25 March 2019Dozens of passengers left “increasingly uncomfortable” on a stranded train at Lewisham left their train and walked along icy tracks still open to traffic, a “shocking” RAIB report has revealed. The RMT stated it was &ldquo...

Safety warning issued after runaway road-rail vehicle raises concerns over brake maintenance and ‘inadequate supervision’

Safety warning issued after runaway road-rail vehicle raises concerns over brake maintenance and ‘inadequate supervision’

15 March 2019The RAIB has issued new safety recommendations after a road rail vehicle (RRV) ran downhill and out of control along a track for 340 metres. During works at Bradford Interchange station, a mobile elevating working platform ran away whilst it was...

DB Cargo fined £2.7m as electrocuted boy suffers ‘life-changing injuries’

DB Cargo fined £2.7m as electrocuted boy suffers ‘life-changing injuries’

13 March 2019DB Cargo UK has been fined £2.7m after a 13-year-old boy suffered “life-changing injuries” at a Tyneside depot, with the rail firm found guilty of “systematic failings.” The boy had to have both of his legs amputated...

Safety of technical systems: the next 30 years

Safety of technical systems: the next 30 years

12 March 2019George Bearfield, visiting professor of railway system safety at the University of Huddersfield and director of health and safety at Rock Rail, takes a look at how the rail industry can future-proof its systems for the coming decades. Railway sys...

Predicting system failures before they occur

Predicting system failures before they occur

05 March 2019Professor Lukumon Oyedele is assistant vice-chancellor and chair professor of enterprise and project management at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). He also runs its Big Data Enterprise and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (Bi...

Councillors back controversial plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram network

Councillors back controversial plans to extend Edinburgh’s tram network

01 March 2019The controversial extension of Edinburgh’s tram network to Newhaven has been backed by a committee of City of Edinburgh councillors. Final proposals for the £207m project were submitted last month and have been heavily scrutinised by...

RAIB launches investigation after pedestrian fatally struck at Tibberton footpath crossing

RAIB launches investigation after pedestrian fatally struck at Tibberton footpath crossing

21 February 2019The Rail Accidents Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into the death of a pedestrian who was fatally struck by a train whilst crossing at Tibberton No. 8 footpath crossing near Worcester. The RAIB reports that on the mornin...

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ORR publishes rail safety report

14/07/2020ORR publishes rail safety report

The rail regulator’s Annual Report of Health and Safety Performance on Britain’s Railways shows that despite safety across Britain&rs... more >
HS2 contractors begin work on Euston station site

14/07/2020HS2 contractors begin work on Euston station site

Work to construct the HS2 London station at Euston has taken a significant step forward this month (July). Contractors Mace Dragados joint v... more >
Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

14/07/2020Rail workers help with Nightingale Hospital

A DIY store in Exeter has been transformed into a new Nightingale Hospital thanks to the help of 60 Network Rail workers. The Nightingale Ho... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >