Stress and mental health problems are the leading causes of long-term absence in the rail industry but this could be reduced if line managers received better training. That is according to the RSSB, which has launched the findings as part...
Around 4,500 ScotRail employees will now have easy access to advice on how to prevent suicides on the railway thanks to the rollout of a new mobile app. Developed by Network Rail in partnership with Samaritans, the app gives employees guidance...
The efforts to give mental health and wellbeing issues the attention and support that they deserve have been significant in recent years. Campaigners from across the third sector, government, public bodies and business have worked tirelessly to develop and...
Working trackside can be a challenging existence. Long night shifts in miserable weather are written into the job description. Dave Lee has spent most of his career on construction sites. For five years, he worked on the railway doing everything...
Staff welfare has long been thought to be an important part of any successful business. Although, in the past, the focus has been on the physical health of the individual rather than their mental health and wellbeing. In 2000, when...
Network Rail's chief executive, Mark Carne, gave a frank reply when asked if he thought the organisation was doing enough to prioritise mental health: “No. I don’t believe we are.” With around 38,000 members of staff, Network Rail is one of...
Ill health costs the UK rail industry around £790 million a year. It is a staggering figure which demonstrates why health and wellbeing matters as much to the finance director as it does to those at risk on the...

Crossrail: reaching new heights

There's far more to Crossrail than a 73-mile railway. Stewart Thorpe discovers how the project has helped to set new wellbeing standards.  Accident levels during the construction of the Olympic Park, in preparation for London 2012, were recognised as exemplary...
Ray Roberts, head of mental health at Transport for London (TfL), answers questions about how London's public transport authority looks after the mental health of its employees What kind of mental health issues do you face within TfL? At Transport for...

Opening up about mental health

Sharon Stevens remembers the exact moment last year when her depression caught up with her. It was a Friday morning. She opened up her laptop after a busy week out of the office and immediately broke down in tears. “I...

West Coast appointments

Phil Whittingham remains as the managing director for services on what was formerly known as the InterCity West Coast franchise as he...

Christmas work