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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...

RAIB issues driver stress warning after train went twice over speed limit

RAIB issues driver stress warning after train went twice over speed limit

01.08.16: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has recommended train companies and Network Rail review key safety procedures after a train passed through Peterborough at over twice the speed limit. The Virgin Trains East Coast service from N...

Safety rules implementation still inconsistent, despite progress – ORR

Safety rules implementation still inconsistent, despite progress – ORR

19.07.16: The railways in Britain are the safest they have ever been, but safety rules and procedures are still not being implemented consistently across the industry, according to the ORR. The regulator’s ‘Annual Health and Safety Report...

Trains passed over unsupported track in Yorkshire following heavy rain

Trains passed over unsupported track in Yorkshire following heavy rain

15.07.16: Heavy rain was so bad last month that the embankment was washed away under part of the track at Baildon in West Yorkshire, allowing two trains to pass over it despite a Network Rail inspection. RTM previously reported that on 7 June a small...

Rail safety success hailed as level crossing deaths lowest since 1996

Rail safety success hailed as level crossing deaths lowest since 1996

13.07.16: Britain’s rail safety record has been commended as the industry’s annual safety performance report shows that there were just three level crossing fatalities in 2015-16. The report, from the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB...

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Network Rail Thameslink programme harnesses innovation with its latest aerial project

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The Thameslink programme at Network Rail’s latest project pledges to drive innovation and make commuters’ lives easier with cutting-e... more >
FCA probe: TfL could be fined for not telling LSE about Crossrail delay

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The UK’s financial watchdog is considering whether to launch a formal investigation into TfL over its reported failure to tell the London S... more >
Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

19/10/2018Urgent government talks after Dutch company plugs £80m funding hole in Greater Anglia

Greater Anglia has received an £80m rescue package led by the Netherlands, leading to reports of urgent talks between the UK and Dutch gove... 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

18/09/2018Northern Powerhouse Rail: The need for change

Northern Powerhouse Rail (NPR) will be transformational for the north – it will change the way people live, work, and play. It will rebalan... more >
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

18/09/2018Why we all must mind the gap

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 >
3D printing: from virtual to real

11/09/20183D printing: from virtual to real

Like so many other technological advancements, 3D printing has moved from being the stuff of science fiction, through niche industrial applicatio... 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 >