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Investigation launched after train missed track workers by just 2 seconds

Investigation launched after train missed track workers by just 2 seconds

11.04.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a near-miss at Primrose Hill which left several people “very distressed.” The incident occurred last month between South Hampstead station and Primrose Hill tunnel...

RSSB yearlong business plan focuses on six key deliverables

RSSB yearlong business plan focuses on six key deliverables

09.04.18: The RSSB’s 2018-19 business plan, published today, sets out how it will work over the next year to ensure that railways remain safe. The plan lays out five key areas the industry will prioritise, including safety, health and wellbeing...

RAIB issues safety advice after Inverness passenger train collides with unattached rail

RAIB issues safety advice after Inverness passenger train collides with unattached rail

19.03.18: The RAIB has issued urgent safety advice after an incident in February that saw a passenger service run into an unattached 130 metre length of rail near Inverness. Investigators said the train was travelling at around 53mph when it collided...

NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

NR slapped with £730,000 fine for Gloucester freight derailment

16.03.18: Network Rail has been ordered to pay £733,000 fines after a court found that its failure to adequately maintain track had caused a freight train to derail near Gloucester station. The incident, which occurred in October 2013, saw the...

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...

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Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

22/02/2019Potential Leicester to Coventry rail link mulled over in updated Leicestershire transport vision

The potential of a Leicester to Coventry rail link has been revived again as one of the key highlights of a new transport masterplan outlined by ... more >
Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

22/02/2019Queues of 15,000 and Eurostar chaos at St Pancras in no-deal Brexit

Eurostar queues of up to 15,000 passengers could mount up at London’s St Pancras International station in the event of a no-deal Brexit, ac... more >
New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

21/02/2019New head of safety and environment for Hull Trains announced

A new head of safety and environment has been announced by Hull Trains, with Mark Shepherd due to replace Phil Green in the role. Bringing m... 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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

05/02/2019Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

05/02/2019TrackWater: Embracing data in flood prevention

Mike Harding, from Lancaster University’s Data Science Institute, introduces us to TrackWater: an innovative project between Lancaster Univ... more >
High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

05/02/2019High-speed rail cannot stand in isolation

Last year, the Scottish Government announced two feasibility studies to better understand the economic and environmental implications of options ... more >
Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

05/02/2019Flying Banana reaps the fruit of its labour

Steve Quinby, Network Rail’s head of data collection, gives us the rundown on the state-of-the-art ‘Flying Banana’ train. ... more >
Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

05/02/2019Introducing the new Passenger Assist app

Jacqueline Starr, managing director of customer experience at the Rail Delivery Group, explains how a new app developed for the rail industry wil... more >

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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

22/01/2019TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >