The British Transport Police (BTP) looks after Britain’s rail network including the London Underground, Docklands Light Railway, Midland Metro tram system, Croydon Tramlink, Sunderland Metro and the Glasgow Subway. Modern technology and traditional visible policing reassure staff and passengers and...
Not so long ago, in an enchanted land not so far away, a journey into a magical kingdom led to a fairytale ending for 12 men, three women and five teams. The collective band of apprentices, engineers and train staff...
Officers from the Royal Military Police (RMP) will join BTP on patrol at Liverpool Street and Waterloo stations as part of a new partnership.  By shadowing transport police at two of the country's busiest...
Had plans to extend London’s Docklands Light Railway (DLR) from Gallions Reach to Dagenham Dock gone ahead in 2008, the 6.5km addition would have been operational this year. The estimated £750 million extension was to serve Beckton Riverside, Creekmouth,...

A league of their own

Four amateur football teams are battling it out for the inaugural GTR Railway Football League title. Brighton Train Crews and South Western Railway Train Crews kickstarted the season with an entertaining 6-6 thriller at...
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Becoming a BTP dog handler

Unlike his cartoon namesake, Scooby the British Transport Police (BTP) dog runs towards danger. The English springer spaniel and his handler, Mark Sayer, are one of 13 pairings in the force’s specialist explosive search dog unit that put their...

Network health clinics

Stewart Thorpe went to the doctors to learn about a bold new approach to occupational health New life has been breathed into a derelict building at London Victoria station. Behind...
Greater Anglia's new Aventra is a train built with capacity in mind. Bombardier is manufacturing four variations of the electric multiple unit (EMU) platform for four different customers but, according to project director Alan Fravolini, the Class 720 is...
Open the doors, check the platform, close the doors and launch the train. This is the procedure for driving London Underground’s semi-automated S Stock trains. It sounds simple but the rollout of the revolutionary new signalling system which controls...

Learn more about FTNx

Telecommunications is one of the hidden technologies on our railways. Everyone expects telephones to work, CCTV cameras to feed back to control centres, and passenger information systems to provide the latest updates to the travelling public. These systems all run on...
Stewart Thorpe shines the spotlight on five innovative new safety products for the rail industry which could become commonplace in the workplace Brightboot - Hi-vis...
A street artist has produced a major piece of art in memory of the London Bridge terror attacks. James Cochran, also known as Jimmy C, has previously created works of art paying tribute to David Bowie and William Shakespeare and...
The term DOO (Driver Only Operation) has created mayhem in railway circles recently, with much publicised industrial action taking place that has caused misery to thousands of rail travellers. Widespread comment has appeared in the national and local press,...
The National Railway Museum (NRM) in York has unveiled its new identity at a special event. Bringing together the steam locomotive Flying Scotsman, the electro-diesel Class 88 locomotive Prometheus and Britain’s first hyperloop prototype in the museum's Great Hall, NRM...
When customer service assistant Alex Bulley successfully applied to become a London Underground train operator, it was a dream come true. For years the economics graduate visualised himself sat behind the controls...
Worcestershire County Council has released images showing the progress on Worcestershire Parkway station. The station's steel frame, which will include a ticket office, toilets and a retail outlet, can now be seen and the footbridge over the Birmingham Gloucester railway is...

ROC and Role

Over the next few years, Network Rail is replacing the traditional signal box with 12 Rail Operating Centres (ROCs) and an advanced traffic management system which will make the railway safer, more efficient and easier to run. Six of...
Metrolink duo Caroline Haynes and Steve Shaw recorded the best finish for a British team at this year's contest. They tell Stewart Thorpe what it was like taking part in this bizarre competition
Part 6: Sectorisation This year sees the fiftieth anniversary of Richard Beeching’s ‘The Re-Shaping of British Railways’. Colin Garratt reports 2013 also sees the thirtieth anniversary of the Serpell Report. These two events mirrored the tempestuous undertones of railway policy in...
Construction of the London Overground extension to Barking Riverside on the northern bank of the River Thames will begin in the next few months following the appointment of the main contractor. A joint venture of Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure...
Earlier this year railway adventurers Vicki Pipe and Geoff Marshall set out to visit all 2,563 railway stations in Great Britain, completing the ambitious journey in 14 weeks, six days, eight hours and 22 minutes. From Penzance on May 7...
More than 1,200 hopefuls applied to join the industry’s first train driver apprenticeship scheme launched by Virgin Trains. A cohort of 30 high-calibre candidates were offered interviews following psychometric tests devised by Virgin Trains and the RSSB, with three successful...
‘It’s certainly been a challenge,’ said Andy Mellors, the new managing director of South Western Railway (SWR), standing in Waterloo’s old international terminal in front of the first Class 444 to bear the new livery. FirstGroup and MTR took over the...
A Shropshire railway station could be yours for £50,000 shy of a million pounds. Coalport - which opened in 1863 and closed a century later - has been converted into a family home complete with a profitable hospitality business, according to...

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