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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...

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

RAIB: ‘Bad habits’ creeping in on renewals work almost caused fatal collision

30.10.17: The RAIB has released its report into a serious irregularity which occurred at Cardiff East Junction in December 2016 which could have caused trains to collide with each other. The incident occurred whilst Network Rail carried out extensive re...

Industry-wide update on platform safety

Industry-wide update on platform safety

18.10.17: New guidance on platform safety standards have been released by the RSSB. Industry-wide measures have been updated and collectively agreements have been reached on platform safety in order to stop passengers getting hurt. The RSSB issu...

ScotRail to spend £2.6m clearing leaves off tracks in autumn

ScotRail to spend £2.6m clearing leaves off tracks in autumn

03.10.17: ScotRail is set to invest £2.6m in clearing the tracks of leaves this autumn as part of a larger programme of works to keep its passengers moving whatever the weather. Though falling leaves seem harmless, they can actually cause consi...

Stagecoach takes action following fatal Sheffield collision probe

Stagecoach takes action following fatal Sheffield collision probe

27.09.17: The RAIB has issued a report following an investigation into a fatal collision with a pedestrian in December 2016. The pedestrian was using the crossing at the northern end of Woodbourn Road tram stop when they were struck by the tram as it...

Secure stations

Secure stations

25.09.17: Gary Heward, director at MFD International and a security consultant and member of the Register of Security Engineers and Specialists, managed by the Institution of Civil Engineers on behalf of the Centre for the Protection of National Infrastru...

What role does smart security have in safer rail?

What role does smart security have in safer rail?

08.09.17: Carl Pocknell, head of engineering at Panasonic System Solutions Europe, discusses the role of video analytics in keeping transport hubs safe and operating efficiently. Despite there being over five million CCTV cameras in the UK, most surv...

Thieves make off with £90,000 of copper wire from railway in Staffordshire

Thieves make off with £90,000 of copper wire from railway in Staffordshire

16.08.17: Thieves have stolen more than £90,000 worth of copper wire from the railway over the past six weeks in Staffordshire, Network Rail has today stated. Around 3,650 metres of copper cable was removed by criminals, and police believe that...

NR served with nearly £5m worth of health and safety fines in 2016-17

NR served with nearly £5m worth of health and safety fines in 2016-17

10.08.17: The rate of improvement in health and safety on the rail network has “plateaued”, the ORR has stated. It was also revealed that over the course of the last year, Network Rail paid out almost £5m in fines for three separate inci...

RAIB to investigate as child almost falls through floor of moving train

RAIB to investigate as child almost falls through floor of moving train

10.07.17: A mother and her child narrowly avoided falling through the open floor a toilet compartment on a South Devon Railway (SDR) train, prompting an investigation by the RAIB. In a statement today, the RAIB said it was investigating the incident...

CrossCountry partners with Scouts to push rail safety education initiative

CrossCountry partners with Scouts to push rail safety education initiative

05.07.17: A partnership between CrossCountry and the Scout Association has been announced this week to educate children and young people about rail safety. Educational materials have been developed by the operator for use by the Cub Scouts’ 150...

Alstom opens UK’s largest train modernisation facility in Widnes

Alstom opens UK’s largest train modernisation facility in Widnes

29.06.17: One of the largest centres for train modernisation to ever be built in the UK has today been unveiled by Alstom. Situated in Widnes in the north west of England, the facility was opened by Parliamentary under-secretary of state at the Depar...

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RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

09/12/2019RMT puts forward settlement to end SWR strike

As the second week of South Western Railway’s safety strike commences, the National Union of Rail, Maritime and Transport Workers (RMT) has... more >
Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

09/12/2019Avanti takeover of the West Coast Main Line begins

Long-distance train services on The West Coast Main Line will be officially taken over by Avanti West Coast today (Dec 9), marking the start of a... more >
Heritage award presented to Network Rail

06/12/2019Heritage award presented to Network Rail

The National Railway Heritage have presented Network Rail with an award for their refurbishment of the South Esk viaduct at Montrose. At the... 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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Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to innovate and maximise efficiency in all aspects of its work. Data is just one such way of achievi... 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 >