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Croydon tram crash survivors move to sue TfL and FirstGroup

Croydon tram crash survivors move to sue TfL and FirstGroup

12.12.16: Survivors of the Croydon tram crash are suing Transport for London (TfL) and FirstGroup for compensation over the trauma they suffered in the disaster. The incident on 9 November this year saw a speeding tram derail on a bend near Sandiland...

Ealing Broadway derailment due to miscommunication, RAIB finds

Ealing Broadway derailment due to miscommunication, RAIB finds

06.12.16: The RAIB has released its report into the derailment of a Tube train at Ealing Broadway station in March of this year, concluding that the accident was caused due to miscommunication between control room staff. At 1:29am on 2 March 2016, th...

Prosser: ‘Not ORR’s role’ to arbitrate in train company DOO disputes

Prosser: ‘Not ORR’s role’ to arbitrate in train company DOO disputes

30.11.16: Ian Prosser, the director of railway safety at the ORR, has reiterated his certainty that driver-only operated (DOO) services are safe and indicated that the regulator will not intervene in the dispute about DOO on Southern rail. The RMT, w...

RSSB insists DOO is safe in transport safety inquiry

RSSB insists DOO is safe in transport safety inquiry

29.11.16: The director of system safety at the RSSB, Dr George Bearfield, has defended the organisation’s decision to rate driver-only operated (DOO) services as safe to the Transport Select Committee. Louise Ellman MP, the head of the committe...

ORR advises RSSB to agree new settlement with members

ORR advises RSSB to agree new settlement with members

29.11.16: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has advised the RSSB to agree a new settlement with its members in its five-yearly review of the rail standards body. The ORR consulted with RSSB members and industry groups to report on the RSSB’s st...

Train driver not at fault in Grimston Lane crossing fatality, RAIB concludes

Train driver not at fault in Grimston Lane crossing fatality, RAIB concludes

21.11.16: The RAIB’s investigation into the death of an elderly pedestrian on a level crossing near Felixstowe launched earlier this year has found that the pedestrian was struck by the train after he started to cross the track when he had insuffici...

Using technology to reduce platform edge accident risk

Using technology to reduce platform edge accident risk

18.11.16: RSSB’s safety management systems specialist Kevin Thompson explains how a new tool can help reduce safety risks at the platform edge. There are about 5,000 platforms on the British mainline train network. While our railway is one of t...

Croydon tram was travelling over three times speed limit, RAIB finds

Croydon tram was travelling over three times speed limit, RAIB finds

16.11.16: The RAIB has released its interim report into the Croydon Tramlink accident last week, which killed seven and hospitalised 51 others, concluding that the vehicle was travelling over three times the permitted speed limit at the time. Just af...

ORR warns of level crossing safety risk as industry moves towards ROCs

ORR warns of level crossing safety risk as industry moves towards ROCs

15.11.16: Rail safety could be compromised by plans to give a single signaller control of a larger area as part of industry moves towards introducing the digital railway, the chief inspector of railways said yesterday. Network Rail is already taking...

Improving safety through early track void detection

Improving safety through early track void detection

15.11.16: Dr Farouk Balouchi, project technical lead at the Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, Dr Adam Bevan, head of enterprise, Institute of Railway Research, University of Huddersfield, and Roy Formston, lead development enginee...

NR criticised for lapsed safety system following Lamington Viaduct probe

NR criticised for lapsed safety system following Lamington Viaduct probe

14.11.16: Network Rail failed to address the risk of scour on the Lamington Viaduct, which was closed following flood damage this winter, despite problems being reported for over 10 years, a report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has foun...

Southern train ‘ran with doors open’, but RAIB not to investigate

Southern train ‘ran with doors open’, but RAIB not to investigate

09.11.16: A Southern train at Reedham station briefly ran with its doors open on Monday morning in what could have been a potential safety breach. The operator confirmed that the 05.54 service from Tattenham Corner to London Bridge moved one coach le...

Passengers trapped after tram derails at Croydon

Passengers trapped after tram derails at Croydon

09.11.16: Passengers are trapped and some are reported to have been killed after a tram derailed in Croydon this morning. Two carriages of the London Tramlink tram are derailed at Addiscombe Road near Sandilands tram stop. London Fire Brigade (L...

Driver avoids being hit by 105mph train ‘with three seconds to spare’

Driver avoids being hit by 105mph train ‘with three seconds to spare’

02.11.16: A Virgin train driver missed being hit by a 105mph train by three seconds and had to lie on the ground to avoid it, a Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) report has stated. The incident, which took place on 3 August this year, happene...

Rail safety campaign urges passengers to report any suspicious behaviour

Rail safety campaign urges passengers to report any suspicious behaviour

02.11.16: Passengers should keep an eye out for suspicious items or activity around British stations and trains, a major new safety campaign says. Posters for the ‘See it. Say it. Sorted’ campaign were unveiled at stations in London, Birm...

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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

Spelthorne Borough Council has submitted proposals for a light rail link from Staines-upon-Thames to Heathrow airport to provide “joined-up... more >
Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

16/08/2018Go-ahead for Felixstowe branch line upgrade to boost freight capacity

Network Rail has been given permission to build a new bridleway bridge across the Felixstowe branch which will provide a safe public route across... more >
Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16/08/2018Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

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 >