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NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

NR: Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe

05 May 2020Network Rail has launched a new awareness-raising campaign to warn of the dangers of trespassing on the railway during the Covid-19 outbreak. The ‘Stay off the tracks. Stay home. Stay safe’ campaign will run on commercial radio statio...

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

Network Rail: Committed to keeping Britain moving

27 March 2020As retired signallers are called out of retirement to help keep our country’s railways moving during this pandemic, members of the rail industry have expressed their support for the country’s response. Network Rail’s Commercial...

Children and parents reminded of the dangers around the railway

Children and parents reminded of the dangers around the railway

23 March 2020Following the news on Friday that schools will be closed for the foreseeable future, British Transport Police and Network Rail are urging parents and careers to have a conversation with their children and loved ones about the dangers of trespassin...

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

“Safety as standard service” – Reflex Vehicle Hire

16 March 2020TransCityRail Midlands is taking place this July, prior to the event we asked one of our exhibitors, Reflex Vehicle Hire, what their conversations will entail at the conference. Firstly, we asked Reflex to tell us more about the work they do in t...

Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

Innovation and Safety - David Clarke, RIA

23 January 2020Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20   David Clarke, Technical Director, Railway Industry Association talks us through the ways innovation can be used to make the railway even safer. In a safety critical industry like rail, it is vital that we always...

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

Time for change on track worker safety - ORR

15 January 2020Source: RTM Dec 19/Jan 20  Tom Wake, head of national rail route teams at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), discusses the importance of improving the safety of track workers.  On June 24, 2014 a group of 12 track workers near Redhill...

GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

GTR start roll out of 200 more defibrillators in stations

12 December 2019Govia Thameslink Railway (GTR) is continuing its roll out of life saving defibrillators at stations across its network. Statistics show that more than 30,000 out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen every year across the UK, and less than one in te...

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

Northamptonshire teens safety film transformed into comic

02 December 2019A new comic book has been produced by Network Rail, based on the safety film ‘18’ with the help of pupils from Kingswood Secondary Academy in Corby. The pupils were visited by Network Rail last summer and took part in safety workshops...

Greater Anglia announces delays cut by almost half

Greater Anglia announces delays cut by almost half

21 November 2019Between December 2018 and October 2019, delay minutes for its Class 317 commuter trains, which run through Cambridgeshire, Hertfordshire and Essex, were down 48% and cancellations were down 14% over the same period. The improvement is down to a n...

Network Rail and BTP launch alcohol-related safety campaign

Network Rail and BTP launch alcohol-related safety campaign

20 November 2019A national campaign launched by Network Rail and British Transport Police is urging the public to take care on railways when drinking alcohol. Alcohol-related incidents on the railways have reached record levels as newly-released figures show a 3...

£1.2m investment to stop moving slope on Settle-Carlisle railway line

£1.2m investment to stop moving slope on Settle-Carlisle railway line

30 October 2019Engineers had to dig out waterlogged soil and lay 11, 500 tons of rock to prevent a steep railway cutting, that was edging slowly towards the Settle-Carlisle railway line, spilling onto the tracks. The upgrade at Fothergill, near Kirby Stephen, i...

RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

RAIB releases new safety recommendations following recent fatal accident

16 October 2019The RAIB has delivered a new set of safety recommendations after a passenger suffered fatal injuries after leaning out of a window of a moving train last year. The rail safety branch has made four recommendations and identified two learning point...

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

Virgin Trains to increase number of body cameras worn by staff

09 October 2019Virgin Trains, the first UK train operator to equip all frontline teams with body worn cameras, are rolling out 250 more across the network. Station staff and on-board teams have another layer of protection with body worn cameras issued to a furt...

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

Community invited to Helpston signal box to get insider view of level crossing safety

07 October 2019More than 200 residents were given an exclusive insight to the workings of Helpston signal box at a level crossing north of Peterborough. A number of public open days ran by signallers last month (16th-21st September) gave people the opportunity...

A track worker narrowly escapes train near Gatwick Airport

A track worker narrowly escapes train near Gatwick Airport

26 September 2019A track worker had a lucky escape as he had a near-miss with an oncoming train between Horley and Gatwick Airport stations between Surrey and West Sussex on December 2 2018. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), set up to prevent future...

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Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

25/09/2020Wales’ Transport Minister criticises funding for Welsh railways

Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales Ken Skates has written to Grant Shapps MP, the Secretary of State for Transport, highlighting his... more >
Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

25/09/2020Further work on £1.2bn East Coast Upgrade in October

No trains in or out of London King’s Cross, or on Thameslink services to or from St Pancras International via Finsbury Park, on Saturday 17... more >
£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

24/09/2020£1.8m improvement work this weekend near Manchester Piccadilly

Passengers are being asked by Network Rail to check before they travel this weekend during essential railway improvement work on a busy route int... 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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On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s network of independent repair facilities across the UK and further afield in its global network. ... 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 >