Railway safety and crime

RAIB: Boom crash points to ‘lack of understanding’ of rail maintenance role

RAIB: Boom crash points to ‘lack of understanding’ of rail maintenance role

28.10.16: An accident in February where a train collided with a conveyor boom raises wider concerns about whether Entities in Charge of Maintenance (ECMs) understand their safety responsibilities, the RAIB has said. The accident occurred at around 10...

RAIB opens investigation into Hampshire level crossing fatality

RAIB opens investigation into Hampshire level crossing fatality

21.10.16: A mobility scooter user was struck and killed by a train at Alice Holt level crossing on 5 October, prompting an investigation from the Rail Accident Investigation Passenger (RAIB). The man, named in local news reports as 83-year-old Derek...

Manchester Victoria roof collapse ‘isn’t good enough’ as MP calls for inquiry

Manchester Victoria roof collapse ‘isn’t good enough’ as MP calls for inquiry

20.10.16: The construction process for the roof at Manchester Victoria wasn’t “good enough” after it collapsed, a local MP has said. Rain water leaked through part of the roof, filling one of the plastic panels underneath and leadin...

RAIB: London Midland processes for assessing driver managers ‘inadequate’

RAIB: London Midland processes for assessing driver managers ‘inadequate’

07.10.16: A train carrying around 2,000 passengers broke a temporary speed restriction earlier this year because of a miscommunication in an incident that could have been ‘very serious’, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said. ...

Freight sector told to review fatigue management systems following SPADs

Freight sector told to review fatigue management systems following SPADs

29.09.16: Following two signal passed at danger (SPAD) incidents on the same freight route last year, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has called for the freight industry to carry out a review of its fatigue management system. The two SP...

RAIB opens investigation into Watford derailment

RAIB opens investigation into Watford derailment

27.09.16: An investigation will be carried out after a train derailment at Watford Junction caused major delays last week. The derailment was caused by a landslip due to heavy rain, but the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said it needed to...

Control of risk at the platform-train interface

Control of risk at the platform-train interface

12.09.16: Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) inspectors Richard Harrington and Stuart Johnson discuss how the risks associated with the platform-train interface (PTI) can be properly controlled. The station platform is where railway passengers...

Maintaining the safety momentum

Maintaining the safety momentum

12.09.16: Britain’s railways are currently the safest they have ever been, but there is still room for improvement, Ian Prosser, HM chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety at the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), tells RTM’s...

Collaborative crime management across trams

Collaborative crime management across trams

05.09.16: Much is said about crime prevention across the railways, but how do major light rail operators ensure tram networks are kept safe? Peter Cushing, Metrolink director, talks about the role of Greater Manchester’s collaborative TravelSafe Uni...

Scottish transport police to carry Tasers because of ‘severe’ terror risk

Scottish transport police to carry Tasers because of ‘severe’ terror risk

02.09.16: Police on Scottish railways have been given the power to carry Tasers in case of potential extreme threats such as terror attacks. British Transport Police (BTP) announced today that a number of specially-trained officers will begin carryin...

RAIB to investigate passenger fatality

RAIB to investigate passenger fatality

31.08.16: An investigation has opened after a passenger was fatally injured on a train near Balham on 7 August. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has opened an investigation into the death of the passenger, which happened when he sustaine...

Safety probe opens into Midlands bridge collapse

Safety probe opens into Midlands bridge collapse

19.08.16: Following the partial bridge collapse over the Midland Main Line at Barrow on Soar earlier this month, which severely disrupted services on 3 August, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation. Network Rail...

Mayor promises extra £3.4m to increase Night Tube police presence

Mayor promises extra £3.4m to increase Night Tube police presence

15.08.16: Around 100 extra police officers will be patrolling stations and trains when Night Tube services start on the Central and Victoria lines this weekend. TfL has confirmed that London’s mayor has made a further £3.4m available to i...

‘No evidence’ DOO services increase passenger harm, says RSSB

‘No evidence’ DOO services increase passenger harm, says RSSB

11.08.16: There is no evidence whatsoever to suggest that driver-only operated (DOO) trains pose increased risk of harm to passengers, the RSSB has said in the midst of an ongoing dispute over this very issue between Southern and rail union RMT. The...

Network Rail urged to review signaller competence after train derailment

Network Rail urged to review signaller competence after train derailment

05.08.16: The RAIB has recommended Network Rail reviews its requirements for certifying signalling operators after an operator allowed a train to pass a signal at danger, causing it to derail at the front. The accident occurred at 7.22am on 7 Novembe...

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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 >