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Lewisham derailment to disrupt Southeastern commuters for days

Lewisham derailment to disrupt Southeastern commuters for days

26.01.17: Southeastern services are set to be disrupted for the rest of the week following the partial derailing of a freight train in Lewisham, south east London. Network Rail has confirmed that a 50-metre stretch of railway is being “complete...

BTP: Rail industry ‘nervous’ about policing integration

BTP: Rail industry ‘nervous’ about policing integration

25.01.17: Proposals which may see British Transport Police (BTP) integrated into a national infrastructure force have raised concerns across the railway industry, BTP chiefs have revealed. BTP bosses made the admission during an evidence session in f...

Greater action needed nationally to tackle ‘Martini’ terrorism

Greater action needed nationally to tackle ‘Martini’ terrorism

24.01.17: British Transport Police (BTP) chiefs have revealed that the service is putting increasing amounts of its core funding into countering terrorism on Britain’s railways, but other areas of the force’s work are having to absorb the cost...

RAIB releases safety digest after Toton derailment

RAIB releases safety digest after Toton derailment

17.01.17: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has issued a safety digest after an incident in Nottinghamshire last year in which a train ran away from its driver and travelled almost a kilometre along an independent goods line before coming off...

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...

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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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Williams Rail Review: The end of saying sorry?

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Keith Williams’ ongoing Rail Review presents a golden opportunity to rebuild the industry’s weakened relationship with its users and set it on a better track for the future, argues David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus. Passengers waiting at stations today are not peering down the line looking for a strategy ... more >
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TfN Strategic Transport Plan: not just for transport's sake

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Peter Molyneux, Transport for the North’s (TfN’s) strategic roads director, has been leading on the development of the seven economic... more >