In the news this week

Network Rail is always in the news.

Catering for 4.5m rail journeys every single day, while simultaneously delivering an ambitious, multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan focused on renewing and upgrading 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges and viaducts, thousands of signalslevel crossings and stations (the largest of which we also run), means we have a wide-reaching impact and the work we do is extremely newsworthy. 

Every week, we'll highlight just a few of those interesting news stories.

Friday, 6 July 2018

Level crossing dangers

The Daily Telegraph published our letter from Mark Carne, chief executive of Network Rail, in response to a comment piece it ran last week that described level crossings as “fun”. Mark’s letter emphasises that level crossings are “intrinsically dangerous” and that the railways are “full of obvious and hidden dangers”.

crowded station

Disrupted services

The Metro included a joint letter signed by John Halsall (route managing director, South East) and Nick Brown (chief operating officer, GTR), apologising to Thameslink and Great Northern passengers for the recent disruption to services following the introduction of the May timetable.

Level crossing selfies

The Times, The Sun, The Daily Mirror and The Daily Star reported Network Rail is closing a level crossing in Matlock Bath because too many people are posing for selfies on it. Vicki Beadle, community safety manager, said: “Time and time again we see people with a blatant disregard for safety at this level crossing. The footage is shocking and people need to realise that this type of complacent attitude is incredibly dangerous. We’ve seen adults with children taking selfies on the crossing, people walking down the tracks and young people using the crossing with their eyes glued to their mobile phones.”


The BBC reported that trespassers have caused almost three weeks of delays on Greater Anglia trains in the past year, according to figures released by the operator. The article included comments from Rupert Lown, Network Rail’s director of safety for Anglia: “It may seem harmless to take a shortcut, or fun to play on the tracks, but this is not only illegal, it is also very dangerous.”

And finally…

See what we’ve been up to this week in our Week on the Network video. Catch up on past and future episodes on our YouTube channel.