Railway safety and crime

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...

TOCs issued warning over driver mobile phone use

TOCs issued warning over driver mobile phone use

30.06.16: A warning has been issued for train operating companies (TOCs) to ensure that drivers do not use their mobile phones while operating a train, following an investigation into an incident last year when a passenger’s hand was trapped in a do...

West Coast Railway fined £200,000 over Wootton Bassett SPAD

West Coast Railway fined £200,000 over Wootton Bassett SPAD

29.06.16: West Coast Railway Company Limited (WCRC) has been fined £200,000 and ordered to pay costs of £64,000 after being found guilty of health and safety breaches which led to a train passing a signal at danger near Wootton Bassett last ye...

ORR opens investigation after Tube worker crushed against platform

ORR opens investigation after Tube worker crushed against platform

10.06.16: The Office of Rail and Road (ORR) has opened an investigation after a London Underground (LU) worker was crushed between a platform and a train early on Saturday morning at Whitechapel station. The man, a contractor from Harrow in his 30s...

Rise in LU passenger falls linked to S-Stock and staffing cuts

Rise in LU passenger falls linked to S-Stock and staffing cuts

07.06.16: Passenger falls between the platform and train on the London Underground are increasing, which unions are blaming on staffing cuts, increasing passenger numbers and the new S-Stock trains. An FoI request by the Evening Standard found that i...

Mental health lessons for rail from Germanwings 9525

Mental health lessons for rail from Germanwings 9525

03.06.16: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, the confidential incident reporting and analysis system, on what the rail industry can learn from the tragic Germanwings 9525 crash. When 34-year-old Captain Patrick Sondenheimer took the...

RMT calls for investigation after Tube passenger falls between platform and train

RMT calls for investigation after Tube passenger falls between platform and train

02.06.16: A serious safety incident where a passenger fell between the train and the platform at Canning Town Underground Station must be investigated, the RMT has said. The union said the incident, on 26 May, highlighted the dangers of staff cuts, w...

Southern release figures on ‘remarkable’ sickness absences following strike

Southern release figures on ‘remarkable’ sickness absences following strike

25.05.16: Recent delays on the Southern line have been caused by an unusually high rate of conductor absence due to sickness that coincided with the current strikes, according to new figures from the company. Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR), Southern&...

RAIB flag up recurrent safety concerns after near misses

RAIB flag up recurrent safety concerns after near misses

13.05.16: Dangers associated with track worker safety, track quality, freight train condition and platform interface on British railways all need to be reviewed, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has warned in its corporate report. The RA...

ORR celebrates first year ever without railway worker fatalities

ORR celebrates first year ever without railway worker fatalities

12.05.16: For the first time, a year has passed on Britain’s railways without a railway worker losing his or her life. The Office of Rail and Road (ORR), announcing the achievement, said that Britain’s railway network is “safer than...

RAIB criticises lack of risk assessment following electrification accident

RAIB criticises lack of risk assessment following electrification accident

10.05.16: Both Network Rail and Balfour Beatty need to ensure the dangers of new railborne plant are managed properly, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said in a review of a runaway train incident in 2014. The incident occurred at 12...

RAIB demands West Coast Railway safety review after Wootton Bassett SPAD

RAIB demands West Coast Railway safety review after Wootton Bassett SPAD

05.05.16: West Coast Railway Company (WCRC) needs to implement major safety reviews after a signal passed at danger (SPAD) last year, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found in a new report. In February this year, the ORR banned the W...

Network Rail told to review gate opening equipment after tractor collision

Network Rail told to review gate opening equipment after tractor collision

28.04.16: The dangers of gate opening equipment on railways should be re-evaluated, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has said in its investigation into a collision between a train and a tractor near Knaresborough. The incident occurred a...

Last-minute platform switch led to collision at Plymouth which injured 35 people

Last-minute platform switch led to collision at Plymouth which injured 35 people

19.04.16: The train collision at Plymouth station happened after last-minute decisions to switch which platforms the trains used because the lifts were closed, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) have said as they opened their investigation into...

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Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

15/08/2018Stadler announced as preferred bidder to supply 71 new Wales and Borders trains

Swiss rolling stock provider Stadler has been announced as the preferred bidder for a Welsh deal that will provide 71 trains to the lines. T... more >
Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

15/08/2018Rail fares set to rise by 3.2%, Grayling angers unions with calls for lower inflation

Train fares in the UK will rise 3.2% in January 2019, the government has confirmed – marginally below the expected 3.5%. This increase... more >
Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

14/08/2018Peak District freight sidings get £18m Network Rail boost

An £18m rail investment in the Peak District will come as good news for the construction industry, benefitting the environment, economy and... 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 >