Railway safety and crime

The simplicity of station defibrillators

The simplicity of station defibrillators

24.03.16: While not cheap, defibrillators can be a life-saving piece of kit at stations. Natalie Loughborough, customer service director at Northern Rail, explains the many benefits of these simple and safe to use devices for operators. When people s...

RAIB opens investigation following Grimston Lane level crossing fatality

RAIB opens investigation following Grimston Lane level crossing fatality

22.03.16: The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation into the death of a pedestrian on a level crossing near Felixstowe last month. The fatality occurred at around 12.25pm on 23 February when the pedestrian was s...

Warning issued over out-of-date Underground safety advice after derailment

Warning issued over out-of-date Underground safety advice after derailment

17.03.16: A train derailment on the London Underground may have been due to out-of-date signal documentation given to staff, prompting the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) to issue urgent safety advice. The derailment occurred at 1.30am on 2...

Deterring cable theft through DNA

Deterring cable theft through DNA

14.03.16: James Brown, managing director at Selectamark Security Systems plc, discusses the successful work of the rail industry in reducing cable thefts. The use of DNA markers and warning signs saying it is in use have been key factors in ensuring...

UK one of ‘safest rail networks’ in Europe, despite capacity challenges – RSSB

UK one of ‘safest rail networks’ in Europe, despite capacity challenges – RSSB

09.03.16: UK rail safety standards are among the best in the world, the Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB) said as they released new figures showing that there have been no passenger or workforce deaths in train accidents for the eighth year in a row....

Wootton Bassett SPAD occurred after driver bypassed brake demand – RAIB

Wootton Bassett SPAD occurred after driver bypassed brake demand – RAIB

08.03.16: A safety breach at Wootton Bassett junction last year involved a crew member on a steam locomotive using an AWS isolating cock to bypass a brake demand, according to an interim report from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). The...

Prioritising the cyber threats to ICS in rail

Prioritising the cyber threats to ICS in rail

03.03.16: Dr John Easton, a lecturer working with the Birmingham Centre for Railway Research and Education at the University of Birmingham, discusses the growing threat to the railways from cyber-attacks. Hardly a week goes by when there isn’t...

Using technology to reduce accidents at the platform edge

Using technology to reduce accidents at the platform edge

01.03.16: Kevin Thompson, RSSB SMS specialist, discusses how a new app will help encourage greater consistency in assessing risk on station platforms. In the last five years, 19 people have been killed and over 7,000 injured around the edge of statio...

RAIB investigation after train collides with boom at Barrow-on-Soar

RAIB investigation after train collides with boom at Barrow-on-Soar

01.03.16: A collision at Barrow-on-Soar in which a member of the railway staff was seriously injured after an East Midlands passenger train collided with a wagon boom is being investigated by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). The acciden...

Analysing the root causes of Spain’s high-speed derailment

Analysing the root causes of Spain’s high-speed derailment

29.02.16: Chris Langer, scheme intelligence manager at CIRAS, looks at all the factors which led to the fatal derailment near Santiago de Compostela nearly three years ago. On 24 July 2013, a high-speed train travelling at around 190km/h, on its way...

RAIB calls for power operated door review after serious passenger injury

RAIB calls for power operated door review after serious passenger injury

29.02.16: A serious accident on a Southeastern train at West Wickham where a passenger was injured after her backpack strap was trapped in the doors of a train was caused by a problem with door opening systems and the trainee driver failing to notice the...

What do passengers really think?

What do passengers really think?

26.02.16: David Sidebottom, passenger director at Transport Focus, discusses the recent results of the National Rail Passenger Survey and new developments in recording passenger satisfaction. We speak to well over 100,000 passengers a year across our...

Campaign leads to 36% increase in sexual harassment complaints on London transport

Campaign leads to 36% increase in sexual harassment complaints on London transport

26.02.16: Sexual harassment reports on London transport have increased by over a third in the past year following a campaign to encourage action on the problem. The number of complaints was 1,603 between April last year, when the ‘Report It to...

West Coast Railway banned from running services over safety concerns

West Coast Railway banned from running services over safety concerns

18.02.16: Continued safety concerns have caused the Office of Road and Rail (ORR) to ban the West Coast Railway Company (WCRC) from running services on the mainline railway. The ORR issued a prohibition notice following a number of incidents, includi...

Cable theft drops 93% in five years

Cable theft drops 93% in five years

09.02.16: New figures from Network Rail show a 93% decrease in cable theft over the last five years, with the number of incidents falling from 845 in 2011-12 to 61 so far in 2015-16.  The latest National Performance Affecting Cable Theft Impact...

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TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

21/06/2018TfL reveals ultramodern London Overground trains

Brand new state-of-the-art London Overground electric trains have been unveiled to the public, hosting Wi-Fi and USB charging capabilities a... more >
Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

20/06/2018Rail companies launch plan to deliver £9.2bn economic benefit to south east

Rail companies have come together to launch a long-term plan for the railway in south east London and Kent. The region’s rail companies, s... more >
Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

20/06/2018Anger as Northern Rail routes ‘not really valued’ by ministers and DfT

Department for Transport officials and ministers were warned about Northern Rail chaos two years ago, but saw some key routes as “not reall... 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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How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

20/03/2018How biometrics can help improve health and safety measures on railway construction projects

ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Biometric identity, time and attendance specialists Donseed looks at how biometric technology is already starting to enhance health and safety measures on railway construction projects. Advances in technology are starting to transform the way in which the rail network in the UK is managed, operated and maintained.... more >
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Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

05/06/2018Apprenticeship levy: the latest picture

Mark Holmes, head of membership and development at NSAR, describes the current resources available to the rail industry to ensure companies of al... more >
Moving in the right direction

05/06/2018Moving in the right direction

Alex Cropper, head of projects group at Transport for Greater Manchester (TfGM), reports on the exciting progress so far in building the Trafford... more >
Overcoming leaves on the line

05/06/2018Overcoming leaves on the line

Paul Gray, professional lead of engineering R&D at the RSSB, explains how latest research proves using double variable rate sanders on trains... more >
Rail: A woman’s world

18/05/2018Rail: A woman’s world

RTM’s Sacha Rowlands reports from a panel debate where six of the industry’s leading figures convened to discuss the fundamental issu... 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 >