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1999-10-18 ATO-001


New rail industry safety task force “industry determined to work together after Paddington”

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New rail industry safety task force “industry determined to work together after Paddington”

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18 October 1999
source ATOC
type Press release

A joint National Safety Task Force has been set up by Railtrack and the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) to oversee co-ordination of industry action following an exhaustive review of all safety systems after the Paddington accident.

The National Safety Task Force of board level directors will meet regularly to agree joint industry action, and commit the necessary resources.

Members of the task force met informally today (Monday) and will meet again formally in ten days' time. Its membership will include directors from Railtrack, train operating companies, both passenger and freight, and infrastructure maintenance and rolling stock companies.

Mr. George Muir, director general of ATOC, said: "Our first priority has been to review all safety systems within each company. We have been sharing information on a daily basis at the highest levels, both between Railtrack and train operating companies, and through existing industry safety procedures."

Mr. Gerald Corbett, chief executive of Railtrack, said: "The rail industry has to learn the lessons from the Paddington tragedy. This safety task force is an important step to get all parties within the industry working together, with common objectives, to deliver a safe railway. Many of the safety issues raised are complex and will take time to resolve, but the task force will co-operate fully with Sir David Davies' inquiry which is due to report in December."

The task force intends to seek discussions with the unions, representatives of passenger groups and the HSE in order to involve the widest possible consultation.


For further information please contact

George Muir
Telephone: 0171 904 3013
Fax: 0171 904 3003
Mobile: 07880 503128
ATOC Press Office:
Tel. 0171 904 3010

Railtrack Press Office
Telephone: 0171 557 8292 / 8293

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