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Innovation through people and technology

Innovation through people and technology

18 September 2018Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the ORR, picks out the key industry challenges to focus on based on the regulator’s most recent annual health and safety report. In the ORR’s most recent an...

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

Firefighters called to station as control room batteries release hazardous fumes

17 September 2018Firefighters from Essex County Fire and Rescue Service attended an indecent yesterday at Colchester station after reports of hazardous fumes had caused someone to fall ill. The local fire service said: “On arrival firefighters reported that...

Sandilands: Lessons for the mainline

Sandilands: Lessons for the mainline

11 September 2018The tragic Croydon crash of 2016 provided many lessons for the UK tramways. But the mainline railway would be wrong to assume many of these lessons don’t apply to them too, says Simon French, chief inspector of rail accidents at the RAIB. R...

RAIB releases report after passenger trapped in door and dragged by Metrolink tram

RAIB releases report after passenger trapped in door and dragged by Metrolink tram

10 September 2018A passenger was dragged along by a Metrolink tram after the safety system failed to register that his hand was trapped in the door, a rail accident report has found. Metrolink said this was an unintentional error, and the Rail Accident Investigat...

Greater Anglia employs extra Land Sheriffs to improve safety and security for passengers

Greater Anglia employs extra Land Sheriffs to improve safety and security for passengers

07 September 2018TOC Greater Anglia is employing additional Land Sheriffs to improve safety and security of passengers on their trains. The Land Sheriffs will patrol trains and stations, dealing with anti-social behaviour and enforcing railway bylaws, aiming to p...

TOCs urged to conduct proper safety checks after trapped passenger is dragged by train

TOCs urged to conduct proper safety checks after trapped passenger is dragged by train

30 August 2018An incident that saw a passenger dragged along by a train after getting trapped in the closing doors was caused by operational issues and a misunderstanding of safety instructions, the RAIB has found. On 26 March this year, a woman was dragged al...

Three people killed in separate incidents on British tracks

Three people killed in separate incidents on British tracks

30 August 2018Two people have died in separate incidents after being struck by trains on the railways yesterday. The first incident occurred at 10:28am when officers were called to Kenilworth Station following reports that a person had been struck by a train. ...

Nexus lacked ‘effective safe system of work’ during near-miss on Metro line

Nexus lacked ‘effective safe system of work’ during near-miss on Metro line

29 August 2018Procedures from passenger transport executive Nexus “did not assist with the creation of an effective safe system of work,” the RAIB has said in an investigation released after two track workers narrowly avoided being struck by a Tyne...

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

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

16 August 2018Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor damaged railway tracks and overhead equipment near Wakefield. The vehicle towing a trailer damaged a g...

Staff scramble to safety from 125mph train in near-miss due to ‘unsafe and unofficial’ working practices

Staff scramble to safety from 125mph train in near-miss due to ‘unsafe and unofficial’ working practices

16 August 2018A group of track workers narrowly escaped a devastating incident after just moving clear of a 125mph train on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The incident occurred on the morning of 5 October last year at Egmanton level crossing, between Newark...

Train at over 70mph almost collides with workers in near-miss

Train at over 70mph almost collides with workers in near-miss

10 August 2018Two bridge workers narrowly avoided a devastating collision with a train travelling at more than 70mph in Dundee, an investigation has found. The staff members, who were working as part of a gang on a bridge approaching Dundee station, experience...

First-ever drone flight over ‘trespass hotspot’ will send images directly to BTP

First-ever drone flight over ‘trespass hotspot’ will send images directly to BTP

03 August 2018A Network Rail drone will be making its very first flight over the south western rail route today to survey a trespass hotspot in order to record any incidences of people risking their lives on the tracks, with images set to be passed onto the Bri...

Wi-fi as a weapon

Wi-fi as a weapon

03 July 2018Self-described ethical hacker Ken Munro, a security entrepreneur at Pen Test Partners, attracted a full house at this year’s Infrarail during his presentation on how customer communication networks can be used to take over trains and have ca...

Person dies after being hit by train in Greater Manchester

Person dies after being hit by train in Greater Manchester

03 July 2018A person has died after being struck by a train in Greater Manchester last night. British Transport Police (BTP) attended the line close to Chester Road in Stretford near Trafford Park train station at 17:55 last night. A BPT spokesperson said:...

Person hit and killed by train on Dawlish railway

Person hit and killed by train on Dawlish railway

28 June 2018Emergency services were called to Devon’s main railway line at 6am this morning after a person was hit by a train. The British Transport Police confirmed they were dealing with a fatality, although there are no further details yet as to the...

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Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

03/07/2020Greater Anglia new electric commuter trains testing continues

Greater Anglia are currently in the depths of replacing their old trains with brand new state-of-the-art modern trains, including 111 trains from... more >
‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

03/07/2020‘Safer travel pledge’ issued by train companies

As lockdown restrictions look to be relaxed further this weekend, with businesses like pubs, restaurants and cinemas beginning to reopen, train o... more >
SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

02/07/2020SWR Wimbledon depot welcomes first 701 train

South Western Railway’s (SWR) Wimbledon depot recently received its first Class 701 train, marking a momentous milestone in the £1bn ... 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 >