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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...

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. ...

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FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

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Grayling agrees ‘hybrid approach’ for December timetable shake-up to avoid more chaos

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Transport secretary Chris Grayling has agreed to proceed with a proposed ‘hybrid option’ for timetable changes this December, the Rai... 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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The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

18/09/2018The East Coast franchise report tells us what we already knew: it was a bid set up to fail

RTM's Jack Donnelly assesses what the Transport Committee's latest report on the VTEC franchise means for the industry as a whole “Even now, there is no concrete plan, nor timescales, for the interim operator of this franchise. From our inquiry, we cannot be sure, and cannot reassure passengers or public, that the arrangements ... more >
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Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

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Innovation through people and technology

18/09/2018Innovation through people and technology

Ian 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... more >
Why we all must mind the gap

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Clair Mowbray, chief executive of the National College for High Speed Rail (NCHSR), explains how we can all ensure the UK’s next generation... more >
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Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

29/08/2018Going global: an interview with Network Rail’s Leevan Finney

RTM’s Jack Donnelly sat down with one of the leading minds behind Network Rail’s most advanced and innovative rail maintenance techno... more >