May 25, 2022

Britain’s battered bridges: Future Rail issue 93 out now

Bridge strikes are, frankly, a soreness. They trigger massive disruption on the rail community and on roads and are massively high-priced monetarily. But largely, they are infuriating because they are completely avoidable.

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There are those who absence spatial awareness to the extent that they just cannot assist but crash into a bridge. It’s astounding that with this calibre of skill they are ready to lawfully function a vehicle at all. But these bridge strikes preserve occurring, so a person requirements to do some thing about it. Enter Community Rail, which has been compelled by a growing variety of motorists with an anti-bridge vendetta, to re-start its marketing campaign to increase awareness that these bridges aren’t well mannered more than enough to transfer out of a vehicles’ way. We search into the campaign in our protect tale this month.

In other places, we search at the new technological know-how getting made use of to assist stay clear of crashes from rogue machines left on the line following overnight engineering operates, as well as profiling a new marketing campaign hoping to raise awareness amongst young people today when it comes to keeping safe around railways. 

As properly as all of this, we also master about new initiatives to make the UK’s railways far more accessible, how to assistance the mental health of rail workers, and the option for photo voltaic power on the network.

For this, and extra, read on. You can follow us @FutureRail_Mag too. Oh, and at last: a quite content new year to all of our viewers from the Long term Rail team.

Peter Nilson, editor

In this challenge

Britain’s battered railway bridges

Last yr, more than 1,600 rail bridges in the United kingdom were being reportedly struck just after lorry motorists failed to properly gauge their clearance. This expanding determine prompted Community Rail to relaunch its ‘Lorries Simply cannot Limbo’ marketing campaign. Frankie Youd profiles the initiative.

Accelerating accessibility: enhancing entry to Uk railways

There have been unified calls for the British isles Federal government to introduce laws to guarantee accessibility on all rail journeys in Britain by 2030. Jasleen Mann looks into the subject.

New methods to support mental wellness in rail

Taking location last November, Rail Wellbeing Reside held an array of on the internet webinars, checking out a variety of psychological wellbeing-connected subject areas in the kind of panel conversations, emotional talks, and educational displays. Frankie Youd highlights some takeaways from the celebration.

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No trespassing! The campaign for basic safety recognition

South Western Rail is investing in a new protection partnership with the charity Uk Youth. The partnership aims to teach young folks aged 11-25 on the dangers of railway trespassing, vandalism, amount crossing misuse, and other perilous regions, to boost the overall safety of the provider. Frankie Youd finds out about the partnership.

Community Rail trials tracking technology for overnight operate tools

Whilst procedures are previously in place to stay away from the collision of trains and engineering tools, monitoring know-how is also staying viewed as as a signifies of introducing an added layer of security. Jasleen Mann examines this tracking technologies and its potential advantages.

Predominantly identified for its medieval cathedral, Coventry will be making history as soon as all over again as it is established to develop into house to the UK’s 1st ‘very light’ rail line. 

The challenge, component of a £1.3bn journey plan, is one of 50 other projects that have been agreed on by the West Midlands Merged Authority. The plan has been chosen thanks to it promoting the decarbonisation of transportation. In our up coming situation, we’ll come across out much more about the scheme as well as the critical advantages the future assignments will bring to the spot. 

We’ll also communicate to Greenpeace about the ‘Get On Monitor: teach possibilities to limited-haul flights in Europe’ report and the practicality of a ban on brief-haul flights where there is a teach alternate.

And finally, we’ll be understanding about the significance of biodiversity close to stations, as we talk to the Station Friends Team and the Close friends of the Earth.

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