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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...

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...

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Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

14/12/2018Network Rail’s subsidiary secures systems integrator contract in Australia

The Australian subsidiary of Network Rail Consulting has been named as the systems integrator for the Digital Systems Program in Sydney by Transp... more >
Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

14/12/2018Infrastructure giant Amey to be sold to private equity firm in new year

 Infrastructure giant Amey is expected to be sold to a private equity firm in the new year, according to reports. The Financial Times b... more >
HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

14/12/2018HS2 and Crossrail suppliers admit to running ‘illegal cartel’ for 7 years

Two UK rail suppliers to major projects such as HS1, HS2, and Crossrail have admitted to operating an illegal cartel for almost seven years with ... 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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Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

27/11/2018Spotlight on Coventry Very Light Rail

Olivia Brown, business development officer at Warwick Manufacturing Group (WMG), an academic department of the University of Warwick, outlines the four exciting projects currently taking place as part of the Coventry Very Light Rail (VLR)  programme. In RTM’s June/July issue, readers were introduced to the concept of VLR and th... more >
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Passenger safety: Respect the edge

27/11/2018Passenger safety: Respect the edge

Claire Coward, communications lead at the RSSB, discusses her organisation’s latest passenger safety campaign. Incidents at the platfo... more >
Night Tube: The twilight economy

27/11/2018Night Tube: The twilight economy

Dr David Lutton, executive director of economy and tax at London First, argues that the capital’s night-time economy is just starting its j... more >
Monitoring the performance of earthworks

27/11/2018Monitoring the performance of earthworks

Dr Joel Smethurst, associate professor in geotechnical engineering, and Professor William Powrie, professor of geotechnical engineering, both of ... more >
Introducing iPort

20/11/2018Introducing iPort

Steve Freeman, managing director of iPort Rail, introduces the UK’s newest inland freight terminal. The UK’s newest inland rail ... more >

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HS2 train race: making the case

20/11/2018HS2 train race: making the case

Bombardier and Hitachi’s commitment to providing the best HS2 rolling stock pitch to the government was signified with the launch of their ... more >