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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...

BTP issues warning after teen almost killed trespassing at Bescot depot

BTP issues warning after teen almost killed trespassing at Bescot depot

08.06.17: Police have today released information about a pair of teenagers who were seriously injured last week after being electrocuted by overhead wires when they climbed on top of a freight train in a rail depot. By releasing the information, the...

Courageous BTP officer praised as London Bridge station reopens

Courageous BTP officer praised as London Bridge station reopens

05.06.17: London Bridge station has today reopened following the terrorist incident that took place in the capital on Saturday evening. Network Rail had warned that police cordons were expected to be in place until at least 8am, but work was conclude...

Bravery of rail staff praised as Manchester Victoria reopens

Bravery of rail staff praised as Manchester Victoria reopens

30.05.17: Manchester Victoria has reopened for passengers today after being closed for seven days following the terrorist incident last week. The station was shut after the attack on 22 May at Manchester Arena’s foyer to allow police to carry o...

Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

Firearms officers patrol trains for the first time

26.05.17: For the first time in rail history, specialist firearms officers will patrol trains across the UK network to ensure that the travelling public are kept safe after Monday’s terrorist attack. Following the events of the suicide bombing...

BTP steps up officer numbers at stations as terrorist threat level raised

BTP steps up officer numbers at stations as terrorist threat level raised

24.05.17: The presence of police officers at UK railway stations has been stepped up today in light of Monday’s terrorist attack in Manchester. Manchester Victoria, which is right next to where the incident at Manchester Arena took place, has r...

Risk management for railway engineering

Risk management for railway engineering

22.05.17: RTM talks to Ben Shirley, health and safety risk specialist at the ORR, about the importance of risk management on Great Britain’s railways. Keeping risk ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ (ALARP) is an essential part of m...

Collecting safety culture data confidentially

Collecting safety culture data confidentially

21.03.17: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, explains how confidential reporting can ‘deep dive’ into an organisation’s safety and reporting culture to reveal what might be happening far beneath the surface, often hidden...

TfL admits liability over Croydon tram crash

TfL admits liability over Croydon tram crash

16.03.17: Transport for London (TfL) has today begun admitting liability for its part in the Croydon tram crash of 9 November 2016, in relation to compensation claims from families of the victims of the crash. The tram was found to be travelling at o...

The eccentric side of cable theft prevention

The eccentric side of cable theft prevention

09.03.17: Ghost trains, secretive Coke cans and bespoke beer mats: RTM’s Luana Salles speaks to Richard Godwin, Network Rail’s route crime manager for the London North West (LNW) route, about the unusual tactics behind the success of the natio...

Tackling the ever-growing terrorist threat

Tackling the ever-growing terrorist threat

09.03.17: RTM talks to Assistant Chief Constable (ACC) Alun Thomas, the lead for counter-terrorism at British Transport Police (BTP), about how the force is tackling the growing threat from terrorism. At BTP, the job is to keep the millions of people...

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North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

16/08/2019North of England leaders demand ‘Northern Budget’ to boost region

Key leaders from across the North of England have called for Government commitment to a ‘Northern Budget’ which could be used to deli... more >
Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

16/08/2019Metrolink customers complete 170k trips using contactless system

Since its launch four weeks ago, more than 170,000 journeys have been made using the new contactless payment system on the Metrolink network... more >
Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

15/08/2019Government announces £25m Brexit high-speed medicines train

In the event of a No Deal Brexit, the Government has announced the setting up of a high-speed train service to ferry medicine to the UK from Fran... 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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Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

12/08/2019Network Rail’s Anna-Jane Hunter on, NPR, TRU, HS2 and supply chain opportunities

Anna- Jane Hunter, is a ‘proud northerner’ and is passionate about continuing the investment and success story of rail across the North.  She plays a key role in working with government and northern leaders to enable the network to carry on thriving. We caught up with Anna-Jane, for her expertise and insight into connecti... 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 >