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RAIB: Runaway trailer separated from train due to deliberately disabled brakes

RAIB: Runaway trailer separated from train due to deliberately disabled brakes

19.02.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report into a runaway trailer in Hope, Derbyshire. The incident occurred on Sunday 28 May 2017 when a trailer, which was being propelled by a small rail tractor, became detached bet...

Union hits out at controversial plans to merge BTP into Police Scotland

Union hits out at controversial plans to merge BTP into Police Scotland

09.02.18: Officials from the TSSA union have today lashed out at the Scottish Government for the continuation of plans that would see transport policing transferred into the hands of regular police forces. Ministers have pursued the move for some tim...

Rochdale fire: Northern cancels services as 100 firefighters attend trackside blaze

Rochdale fire: Northern cancels services as 100 firefighters attend trackside blaze

08.02.18: A huge fire at a trackside industrial unit in Greater Manchester has caused mass delays on Northern Rail’s Leeds to Manchester services. Around 100 firefighters and 12 pumps were called to the scene in the early hours of this morning...

Track boundary confusion between NR and LU caused Wimbledon derailment

Track boundary confusion between NR and LU caused Wimbledon derailment

07.02.18: Confusion over which body should be responsible for a section of track near Wimbledon station contributed to a derailment in November last year which forced 300 people to be evacuated. Investigators from the RAIB said the problem came becau...

RAIB to investigate Scottish train which derailed following major landslip

RAIB to investigate Scottish train which derailed following major landslip

07.02.18: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into a train derailment that occurred last month. The incident happened at 06:47am on Monday 22 January 2018, when a passenger train traveling between Mallaig and Glasg...

Child faced with ‘life-threatening’ danger after nearly falling through toilet floor

Child faced with ‘life-threatening’ danger after nearly falling through toilet floor

31.01.18: An incident in June 2017 which saw a child nearly fall through the missing floor of a train toilet could have been life-threatening, says the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). The accident occurred on a South Devon Railway (SDR) tr...

Making the railway safer with big data

Making the railway safer with big data

30.01.18: Peter Hughes, principal research fellow at the Institute for Railway Research, argues big data is revolutionising close call reporting on our railways. Close call reporting systems are an important part of the GB railways safety management...

Croydon tram crash driver likely lost awareness due to a ‘microsleep’

Croydon tram crash driver likely lost awareness due to a ‘microsleep’

07.12.17: The driver of a tram which derailed in Croydon last year had a “temporary loss of awareness” probably caused by a “microsleep.” The crash caused the death of seven people, while 61 others were injured in the inc...

Passenger fatalities increase for second year running

Passenger fatalities increase for second year running

04.12.17: The number of rail passenger fatalities has increased for the second year in a row, according to a report published this week.  The ORR’s annual Rail Statistics Compendium, has revealed that 2016-17 saw the deaths of 15 rail passenge...

NR at fault for ‘potentially disastrous’ Liverpool Lime Street wall collapse

NR at fault for ‘potentially disastrous’ Liverpool Lime Street wall collapse

30.11.17: Investigators have found that Network Rail was partially at fault for a wall that collapsed onto open railway lines earlier this year. Services at Liverpool Lime Street ground to a halt earlier this year when the wall collapsed over all fou...

Southeastern fined £2.5m after cleaner is electrocuted on live rail

Southeastern fined £2.5m after cleaner is electrocuted on live rail

20.11.17: Southeastern Trains along with a company contracted to clean its trains have been fined following the death of a cleaner three years ago. The prosecution, which was brought about by the Office of Rail and Road, has resulted in a £2.5m fin...

Rail risk: reality and perception

Rail risk: reality and perception

17.11.17: George Bearfield, director of system safety and health at the RSSB, looks at risk – reality and perception – and how the industry needs to preserve its sound risk-based approach to safety as we consider a more automated future. ...

What next for safety?

What next for safety?

09.11.17: As rail businesses edge towards their target of zero injuries, improving safety performance can plateau. Amey’s sector director for rail, Lee Jones, explains how embracing tech, smart data and human science could help the infrastructure pr...

Cyber security vital after four attacks on Britain’s rail network last year

Cyber security vital after four attacks on Britain’s rail network last year

07.11.17: Digital technology must play a part in improving organisational resilience and reducing passenger safety risk, a leading rail industry figure has stated. Speaking at Rail Network Resilience 2017 last week, Arup’s resilience, security and...

Ian Prosser: Safety by design

Ian Prosser: Safety by design

02.11.17: Ian Prosser, the ORR’s chief inspector of railways and director of railway safety, outlines to RTM’s Josh Mines the key challenges facing rail organisations in improving health and safety standards. Keeping passengers and worker...

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Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

18/10/2019Arup and Network Rail publish innovative report on ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’

Arup, in partnership with Network Rail, have published their ‘Tomorrow’s Living Station’ report, exploring the exciting part th... more >
North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

17/10/2019North and Midlands must take control to deliver true benefits of HS2 and NPR, says review

The North and Midlands must take control of their high-speed rail network, argues a report from the Northern Powerhouse Independent Review warnin... more >
Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

17/10/2019Two Network Rail leaders internationally recognised among most influential women in engineering

The Financial Times has selected two Network Rail leaders to appear on the most influential females in engineering list. Just 16.4% of the r... 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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NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

18/10/2019NPR, TRU & Fleetwood Mac

Switch up your playlist with the first #WeAreRTM podcast, gain exclusive insight into the leaders running the rail industry their opinions on recent headlines, visions for the future and meet the personalities behind the job titles. It's not your average interview. Anna-Jane Hunter, Network Rail’s director, North of England rai... more >
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The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >
Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

02/07/2019Sunshine future beckons for South Wales Railways, says 10:10 Climate Action’s Leo Murray

Smart electrification is the way to boost clean energy resources, argues Leo Murray, director at 10:10 Climate Action. Contractors are clear... more >
Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

02/07/2019Ambition doesn’t have to be expensive, says Midland Connect's Maria Machancoses

The TCR Midlands conference is only days away and tickets are going fast for the sector event of the year at the Vox Conference Centre in Birming... more >

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Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he wo... more >