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2000-05-10 ATO-001


ATOC statement on Lord Cullen's inquiry into Ladbroke Grove tragedy

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Association of Train Operating Companies
Ladbroke Grove

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ATOC statement on Lord Cullen's inquiry into Ladbroke Grove tragedy

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10 May 2000
source ATOC
type Press release

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) today welcomed the start of Lord Cullen's Inquiry into the Ladbroke Grove accident and said all the passenger train operators are ready to play their part to help Lord Cullen get to the root causes of the tragedy.

ATOC Director General, George Muir, said: "The Ladbroke Grove accident shocked everyone in the industry. Since the accident, we have examined every aspect of our operations, looking at things such as human behaviour, technology and the organisation. We have implemented better safety initiatives including:

o Examined signals causing concern and made improvements

o Introduced codes of practice for driver recruitment, training and management

o Implementing a national reporting system for staff to report safety concerns in confidence

o Fitting the Train Protection & Warning System on trains to stop them going through red lights.


For further information, ATOC press office 020 7904 3010

Notes to editors

o The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) have issued six codes of practice on various aspects of driver management, ranging from initial selection, through to training and competence assessment. The codes of practice will help individual train operators make sure that their arrangements are comprehensive and reflect industry best practice.

o A Railtrack and British Railways Board SPADs group, formed in February 1994, recommended in early 1995 that TPWS should be considered for development. In 1995/96 TPWS specifications were developed and a manufacturer was selected to design and build TPWS equipment for trial. TPWS trials started in October 1997 on Thameslink and on Connex (Hastings route) in 1999.

o On the 6 August 1999, John Prescott announced that TPWS would be required by law to be fitted to the rail network and on all trains by 1 January 2004 A rolling programme of installation will see the TPWS installed on all trains and at key locations on the network has been approved by HMRI.

o CIRAS is a confidential incident reporting and analysis system and will shortly be rolled out nationally after it was successfully trialled in Scotland. It enables train drivers and other safety critical staff to report any concerns anonymously to an independent organisation.

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