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Vivarail: Cause of D-train fire ‘not immediately obvious’

Vivarail: Cause of D-train fire ‘not immediately obvious’

16.01.17: Vivarail has completed its initial investigation into the Class 230 test train fire over the festive period, concluding that the cause of the fire is “not immediately obvious”. On 30 December 2016, ten members of Vivarail staff...

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

RAIB investigates fatal Sheffield tram accident

11.01.17: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has decided to investigate a fatal accident just before Christmas in which a Sheffield man was killed by a tram. At around 10am on 22 December 2016 a pedestrian, who had just stepped off an inbo...

Network Rail fined £800,000 after Redhill injury incident

Network Rail fined £800,000 after Redhill injury incident

09.01.17: Network Rail has been fined £800,000 at Guildford Crown Court for breaching health and safety laws after a track worker sustained multiple ‘life changing’ injuries when he was hit by a train. The prosecution was brought by...

ORR joins RSSB in saying DOO services ‘can be operated safely’

ORR joins RSSB in saying DOO services ‘can be operated safely’

05.01.17: The ORR has concluded that Govia Thameslink Railway’s (GTR’s) proposed use of driver-only operation (DOO) on its trains will allow services to operate safely, albeit once the plans have undergone slight improvements. DOO has bee...

Man killed at Bedfordshire level crossing

Man killed at Bedfordshire level crossing

03.01.17: A man has been killed this morning after a train struck his car at Marston level crossing in Bedfordshire. British Transport Police (BTP) were called to the level crossing, near Lidlington station, just after 10am following reports that a c...

Vivarail test train catches fire over festive period as NUCKLE trial postponed

Vivarail test train catches fire over festive period as NUCKLE trial postponed

03.01.17: The trial of Vivarail’s innovative D-train on the Coventry to Nuneaton (NUCKLE) line has been postponed, as the firm’s test train caught fire over the festive season. Last Friday (30 December 2016) ten members of Vivarail staff...

RAIB reveals near-miss between pedestrian and Stansted Airport train

RAIB reveals near-miss between pedestrian and Stansted Airport train

21.12.16: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has decided to post safety digests into four incidents that took place on England’s railways in November, including a near-miss between a pedestrian and a passenger train on the way to Stansted...

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...

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

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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 >