Trespassers on the track ‘every half hour’ Trespassers on the track ‘every half hour’

Network Rail has revealed that there was a case of trespassing on the railway every half hour on average in the year to 5 April, and that the total number of incidents reported was more than 19,300. Compared with the previous year, the number of accumulated delay minutes rose by 15 per cent last year, making trespass one of the biggest causes of late running. Trespass is almost twice as likely to happen during the summer months, because more than three out of five incidents were recorded then.

New chair named for Network Rail New chair named for Network Rail

Network Rail has named the acting chair who is replacing Lord Peter Hendy, after he was appointed rail minister at the Department for Transport on 8 July. His successor for now is Network Rail senior non-executive director Mike Putnam. Mr Putnam, who is a chartered engineer, joined the Board of Network Rail in 2018 and has over 25 years’ executive experience in the development, construction and services sectors.

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