Railway safety and crime

Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

Plough about that! Severe disruption in Yorkshire as tractor crashes onto train tracks

16 August 2018Passengers travelling between Leeds and Doncaster, Sheffield, and London were advised to check before they set off this morning after a tractor damaged railway tracks and overhead equipment near Wakefield. The vehicle towing a trailer damaged a g...

Staff scramble to safety from 125mph train in near-miss due to ‘unsafe and unofficial’ working practices

Staff scramble to safety from 125mph train in near-miss due to ‘unsafe and unofficial’ working practices

16 August 2018A group of track workers narrowly escaped a devastating incident after just moving clear of a 125mph train on the East Coast Main Line (ECML). The incident occurred on the morning of 5 October last year at Egmanton level crossing, between Newark...

Train at over 70mph almost collides with workers in near-miss

Train at over 70mph almost collides with workers in near-miss

10 August 2018Two bridge workers narrowly avoided a devastating collision with a train travelling at more than 70mph in Dundee, an investigation has found. The staff members, who were working as part of a gang on a bridge approaching Dundee station, experience...

First-ever drone flight over ‘trespass hotspot’ will send images directly to BTP

First-ever drone flight over ‘trespass hotspot’ will send images directly to BTP

03 August 2018A Network Rail drone will be making its very first flight over the south western rail route today to survey a trespass hotspot in order to record any incidences of people risking their lives on the tracks, with images set to be passed onto the Bri...

Wi-fi as a weapon

Wi-fi as a weapon

03 July 2018Self-described ethical hacker Ken Munro, a security entrepreneur at Pen Test Partners, attracted a full house at this year’s Infrarail during his presentation on how customer communication networks can be used to take over trains and have ca...

Person dies after being hit by train in Greater Manchester

Person dies after being hit by train in Greater Manchester

03 July 2018A person has died after being struck by a train in Greater Manchester last night. British Transport Police (BTP) attended the line close to Chester Road in Stretford near Trafford Park train station at 17:55 last night. A BPT spokesperson said:...

Person hit and killed by train on Dawlish railway

Person hit and killed by train on Dawlish railway

28 June 2018Emergency services were called to Devon’s main railway line at 6am this morning after a person was hit by a train. The British Transport Police confirmed they were dealing with a fatality, although there are no further details yet as to the...

Five injured in Tube explosion

Five injured in Tube explosion

20 June 2018Five people have been injured in an explosion at a north London Underground station. A Metropolitan Police spokesperson confirmed that police were called at 19:03 yesterday evening, with reports of an explosion and people running at Southgate sta...

Three men killed by train in south London

Three men killed by train in south London

18 June 2018 Three men have died after being hit by a train near a south London station. The British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to Loughborough Junction station in south London at 7:34am after reports that three bodies were found on the...

ORR calls on Network Rail to spend £1bn on safety and quality initiatives

ORR calls on Network Rail to spend £1bn on safety and quality initiatives

12 June 2018The rail regulator has called on Network Rail to invest an extra £1bn on replacing “worn out” rolling stock, including £80m in spending on safety expenditure and worker safety initiatives. The ORR said railway performance...

RAIB: Driver nearly hit by train due to miscommunication in Stafford

RAIB: Driver nearly hit by train due to miscommunication in Stafford

23 May 2018A misunderstanding between a signaller and a driver led to the driver narrowly avoiding being struck by a train, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found. On 2 March 2018, the 12:35hrs Manchester to London Euston passenger service...

Trenos crossing death may have been avoidable, RAIB finds

Trenos crossing death may have been avoidable, RAIB finds

22 May 2018Out of date information on a signaller’s screen and fatigue may have contributed to a death at a level crossing in South Wales, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found. On 1 June 2017, a pedestrian was fatally injured when t...

How two-way radio can boost worker safety

How two-way radio can boost worker safety

22 May 2018ADVERTISEMENT FEATURE Brentwood Communications explains why two-way radio technology remains the first-choice workplace tool across all industries, especially in one as high-risk as rail. By its very nature, the rail industry is one of the...

TfL seeks suppliers for post-Croydon automatic braking system on London Trams

TfL seeks suppliers for post-Croydon automatic braking system on London Trams

17 May 2018The London Trams network will receive an installation of a new automatic braking system that will apply the brakes should the speed limit be exceeded at high-risk locations. Plans to install the new system were formulated shortly after the Croydo...

Firm slapped with £40,000 fine after child nearly fell through rotten toilet floor

Firm slapped with £40,000 fine after child nearly fell through rotten toilet floor

15 May 2018South Devon Railway (SDR) Trust has been slapped with a £40,000 fine following a potentially life-threatening incident which saw a child nearly fall through the missing door of a train toilet. In a hearing at Newton Abbot Magistrates’...

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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 >