‘Spray train’ keeps tracks and taps flowing

An environmentally-friendly herbicide is keeping tracks and taps flowing up and down the country thanks to a partnership between water companies and Network Rail. Eight ‘spray trains’ cover hundreds of miles every night to prevent over-growing plants and weeds – and ice when temperatures drop – from disrupting train services. Thames Water was one of the first water companies to work with Network Rail’s predecessors to ensure the chemicals used did not pollute waterways, which often run parallel to rail lines. The project was first launched in London and the…

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RSSB, Network Rail and BTP launch “keep a clear head” campaign

The festive season should be a time of year when everyone can enjoy themselves and have fun. But partygoers are being advised to take extra care as newly-released data from RSSB, Network Rail and British Transport Police (BTP) reveals a sharp increase in the number of alcohol-related incidents across the rail network during the festive period. Of the 7,419 recorded alcohol-related incidents on or around the railway in 2016/17, 16% of those took place over the festive period – between 24 November and 2 January 2017. 21 people have been killed…

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Campaign empowers the public to act to prevent suicide on the railways

A new suicide prevention campaign Small Talk Saves Lives aims to give travellers the confidence to act if they notice someone who may be at risk of suicide on or around the rail network. Launched by Samaritans, British Transport Police (BTP) and the rail industry, including Network Rail and the train operating companies, the campaign hopes to save many lives a year. Small Talk Saves Lives is asking the public to trust their instincts and look out for fellow passengers who might need help, as illustrated in a new film…

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