The current level of workforce safety “is simply unacceptable” – according to chief executive Mark Carne. Writing exclusively in the October edition of RAILNEWS, published today, Mark Carne tells employees: “Safe behaviour is a requirement of working at Network Rail. ... My message here is clear and stark – if you insist on working unsafely, then you have no future role at Network Rail.” Ironically, it appears some of worst safety incidents have occurred while staff have been driving to or from railway locations. As a result Network Rail has now banned the use even of hands-free mobile communications, and is also giving special attention to staff breaking speed limits.
AS pressure grows for more devolution of powers from central to regional and local government, 14 local councils – metropolitan, shire and unitary authorities – have launched a bid to take over responsibility for overseeing rail services throughout the West Midlands once the existing London Midland franchise ends in 2017.
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