The qualities of a world-beating railway

Colin Wheeler looks at the latest rail safety incidents including November's collision at Salisbury, the dangers of abandoned half trollies, and the derailment of...

LRSSB under review

The progress of the light rail safety and standards board (LRSSB) is under scrutiny and its organisation, membership, and objectives have been questioned. The term...

Full steam ahead to sustainability

With world leaders having just met at COP26, we would hope no-one would argue with the statement that climate change is high on everyone’s...

National rail contractor pledges to support new talent through the Kickstart Scheme

National rail contractor, QTS Group, has signed up to the Kickstart Scheme to help tackle unemployment in young people and showcase the rail industry as a positive career...

Linking electrification & labour supply

ESL, the electrification and civil engineering specialist, has branched out to offer solutions in the labour supply market, forging a link between electrification and...

A return to the Railway Family – Could it reduce avoidable accidents?

Like many others I spent most of my working life in the employ of British Railways. I recall the original application form for employment...

Ballast scratched boots, shared experiences and the “go to jail card”

Report By Colin Wheeler Almost all of my railway civil engineering experience was with British Railways before the unlamented Railtrack was formed. As a graduate...

Rail still safer and greener than road

Britain’s railways remain the safest and greenest forms of land transport, but there is no room for complacency. The independent rail safety body RSSB has...

Rail still safer and greener than road

Britain’s railways remain the safest and greenest forms of land transport, but there is no room for complacency. The independent rail safety body RSSB has...

How post Covid working should become safer

In this issue's report Colin Wheeler covers RAIB's annual report for 2020, the retirement of Simon French, accidents, near misses, no more lows and...

White zone working is needed to change our rail safety culture!

30 year old track patroller fatally injured near surbiton and RAIB publish report on fatal accident to vision impaired passenger at Eden Park station. There...

KeolisAmey Metrolink strengthens commitment to employee safety

KeolisAmey Metrolink (KAM) has made it easier for its employees to speak up about health and safety concerns by becoming a member of CIRAS...

Runaways, overspending and mutual understanding

Without good communication, getting the safety message across becomes impossible. In his first safety report of the new year, Colin Wheeler stresses the importance of...

Mechan given safety accolade by Siemens Mobility

Sheffield-based Mechan has received recognition from one of the world’s largest rail industry companies for its positive impact on the safety of depot workers. The...

RAIB investigates train overspeeding in Aberdeenshire

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is looking into how two trains went through an emergency speed restriction between Laurencekirk and Portlethen, Aberdeenshire, on 4...

New health and safety passport for HS2 workers

HS2 is working with Midland-based Biosite to develop a new initiative that will boost health and safety and competency insight across the supply chain The...

RAIB issues safety message after derailment at Bognor Regis

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released a Safety Digest covering a recent derailment at Bognor Regis station. On 22 October 2020, at around...

Is white-zone working the answer for the future?

Now that the report on the fatal accident at Margam has been released, it is time to make sure such an incident can never...