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Safety awareness & culture need to improve

Colin Wheeler I was pleased to see the recent updating of Network Rail’s Safety Bulletins on their Safety Central website which is accessible to all....

Breaking taboos around women’s health

Dealing with unique health challenges is one of the many hurdles that women face in the modern workplace. Endometriosis is just one complaint that...

Train presentation crews: the hidden heroes

Punctuality, reliability, and cost are key concerns for customers when choosing to travel by rail. But another consideration, and one often taken for granted,...

Bodyguard Workwear: embodying the values of the RailStaff Awards

The RailStaff Awards honours the people who make the rail industry great – its diligent and devoted employees. It shines a light on the...

RAIB publishes Annual Report for 2023

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has published its annual report covering the period 1 January to 31 December 2023. The report summarises operational...

Time for a change?

Colin Wheeler This year there will be a General Election, perhaps in October, and the funding of our railways, trams, metros, and indeed all forms...

Rethinking health, safety, and wellbeing in the rail industry

Radical thinking is required if the rail industry is to truly manage its health and safety commitment, says Darren Broadhead, managing director at Broadhead...

Rail Safety Summit 2024

Tuesday 12 March saw delegates from across the industry gather for the annual Rail Safety Summit, at Loughborough University’s Holywell Park Conference Centre. The conference...

Bill Taylor: The hero signaller of Carlisle

Paul Darlington Forty years ago, at 05:30 on Tuesday 1 May 1984, Bill (Willie) Taylor, a signaller at Carlisle Power Signal Box (PSB) realised that...

Rail Safety Summit 2024

The Rail Safety Summit has brought rail safety professionals together for the last 12 years, providing a unique opportunity for them to network and...

More questions than answers

Colin Wheeler delivers the latest news in rail safety from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB). We are told that at some time during this...

Stuart Browing to lead c2c’s new Safety, Sustainability and Compliance department

Rail operator c2c has created a new Safety, Sustainability and Compliance department, with Stuart Browning appointed to lead the new function.  Formerly the firm’s head...

Health & Wellbeing Heroes

The wellbeing of employees should be a critical concern to all organisations, whatever the industry. Physical and mental health concerns can have the same...

Fatigue, fines, and a reopened investigation

Colin Wheeler A court case was heard in Aberdeen on 7 September concerning the triple fatality passenger train accident at Carmont, west of Stonehaven, back...

Non-compliance with structures examinations “Network Rail not good enough!”

Colin Wheeler I had optimistically hoped to write in this edition describing the process and timescale agreed between the Office of Rail & Road (ORR)...

Partners in safety

RailStaff speaks to Samantha Facey, Health, Safety and Security director at Govia Thameslink Railway, about itsrenewed partnership with the British Transport Police. The safety of...

An open letter to Network Rail

Colin Wheeler An open letter from John Larkinson, the chief executive of the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), to Andrew Haines, chief executive of...

ORR offers further recommendations

Following on from ORR’s letter to Andrew Haines, the chief executive of Network Rail, in the past two months the regulator has issued further...