Railway safety and crime

Long-awaited plans to build a sea wall to protect Dawlish rail line unveiled by Network Rail

Long-awaited plans to build a sea wall to protect Dawlish rail line unveiled by Network Rail

04.02.19: Plans to build a new sea wall in the first phase of work to protect the costal railway which connects Devon and Cornwall with the rest of the UK have been unveiled by Network Rail. High waves and strong winds have wreaked havoc on the Dawli...

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

RAIB issues warning over brakes and wheel safety following derailment incident

01.02.19: The RAIB has published a warning about the maintenance of freight vehicles and the safety of wheel and braking systems on trains which can lead to derailment. In a safety digest published following an investigation into the derailment of a...

Cyber security in the time of digital railway

Cyber security in the time of digital railway

29.01.19: Richard James Thomas, industrial fellow in data integration and cyber security at the University of Birmingham, considers the cyber security challenges that will arise as digital railway systems become the norm across the UK network. The Di...

RAIB to launch class investigation following front-line worker incidents

RAIB to launch class investigation following front-line worker incidents

24.01.19:   Image credit - viole The RAIB has announced it will launch a class investigation into a number of life-threatening incidents in which safety systems on the railway were entirely dependent on the decisions of front-line trac...

Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

Guarding against the theft of survey equipment

22.01.19: The high value of survey equipment used to collect geospatial data on the railways is increasingly attractive to opportunistic criminals. The Survey Association (TSA) is leading the fightback against the thieves, as manager Rachel Tyrrell explai...

Crossrail train doors open onto tracks in fault at Stratford station

Crossrail train doors open onto tracks in fault at Stratford station

21.01.19: TfL has launched an investigation after footage filmed by a passenger showed the door of a new Crossrail train opening directly onto the track. Footage posted on Twitter by Johnny Beverton at Stratford station showed a door opening on the w...

Train derailment between Sheffield and Doncaster prompts RAIB investigation

Train derailment between Sheffield and Doncaster prompts RAIB investigation

17.01.19: The RAIB have launched an investigation into a train derailment after a freight train came off the tracks between Sheffield and Doncaster, causing major disruption. The freight locomotive had just left Roberts Road depot at around 5.17pm on...

Woman killed after leaning out of train and hitting head on tree branch, says RAIB

Woman killed after leaning out of train and hitting head on tree branch, says RAIB

11.01.19: A passenger was killed after she leant out of the window of a train travelling 85mph and struck her head on a tree branch, rail investigators have found. Bethan Roper suffered fatal injuries whilst travelling on a GWR train between Bath and...

Investigation launched after track worker forced to dodge train with two seconds to spare

Investigation launched after track worker forced to dodge train with two seconds to spare

10.01.19: An investigation has been launched after a track worker removing cables from a rail line was forced to dodge a train less than two seconds before the vehicle passed him at 51mph. According to the RAIB, the employee was removing cables which...

RAIB calls for safety review of Sheffield junction after double tram collision

RAIB calls for safety review of Sheffield junction after double tram collision

09.01.19: The RAIB has called for a safety review after two tram crashes took place at the same Sheffield junction in just six weeks. Investigators have written to Sheffield City Council advising that a “risk-based review” of the junction...

Track workers in near-miss with 101mph East Midlands train

Track workers in near-miss with 101mph East Midlands train

04.01.19: Two track workers were nearly hit by a train travelling over 100mph in Bedfordshire, an investigation has revealed. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said two workers “had to jump out of the way” of the approaching E...

Cairngorm funicular report into UK’s highest railway delayed again

Cairngorm funicular report into UK’s highest railway delayed again

20.12.18: The publication of a report into the safety of the UK’s highest railway and its structural issues has been further delayed until 2019. The Cairngorms funicular railway, which carries tourists, skiers, and snowboarders at the CairnGorm...

Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

Workers who narrowly avoided death had no one in charge and ‘ineffective’ safety arrangements

18.12.18: “Ineffective” safety arrangements and a number of unofficial working practices contributed to a group of track workers narrowly avoiding being hit by a train, an RAIB investigation has found. A train service travelling towards L...

London Underground and Balfour Beatty prosecuted after worker suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries

London Underground and Balfour Beatty prosecuted after worker suffered ‘life-changing’ injuries

03.12.18: London Underground and Balfour Beatty have been fined £100,000 and £333,000 respectively – a total of £433,000 – after both pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws in a prosecution brought by the ORR. ...

HS2 work on injunction site halted by overnight protesters

HS2 work on injunction site halted by overnight protesters

29.11.18: Four environmental protestors managed to stop work on part of the HS2 rail link at a construction site, which was protected by an injunction ordered by Chris Grayling, chaining themselves to part of the site. The group locked themselves ove...

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Transport for the North joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan

03/06/2020Transport for the North joint submission to the Integrated Rail Plan

In a collaborative submission to the Integrated Rail Plan, Transport for the North’s Members have called for a sustained investment in the ... more >
Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

03/06/2020Overnight work to overhead power lines at Euston

Network Rail are advising passengers that there will be no services in or out of London Euston after 9pm this Thursday (June 4th) while work to o... more >
Tube stations begin phased return

03/06/2020Tube stations begin phased return

When lockdown began in March, many Underground stations were closed with only key stations remaining open.  On the May 18th, TfL annouc... 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 >