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2001-09-06 ATO-001


Safety statistics show progress but more needs to be done: ATOC

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Safety statistics show progress but more needs to be done: ATOC

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6 September 2001
source ATOC
type Press release

The Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) today said the rail industry had made solid progress in several critical areas following the publication of safety statistics for the year 2000/01.

Commenting on the statistics, ATOC Director General, George Muir, said: "It is encouraging to see a decrease in the number of significant train incidents and broken rails while derailments remained static compared with the previous year.

"However, there are still three areas which are causing the industry concern. While SPADs for the year were the lowest ever recorded, recent figures are showing a worrying increase. We must redouble our efforts to drive SPADs down while continuing with the implementation of the train protection and warning systems which will create an even safer railway.

"Violence against our staff will not be tolerated and I fully support the train companies actions to prosecute any passenger who over steps the line. Our staff have a difficult enough job to do without the fear of having to worry about being assaulted or threatened by a very small minority of passengers.

Finally, the industry must continue to invest in the fight against trespass and vandalism. Train companies work very closely with Railtrack and the British Transport Police to inform and educate people that the railways should not be used as either a playground or short cut. The fact that 300 people lost their lives through trespassing should only further emphasis our message."


For more information call the ATOC Press Office on 020 7904 3010

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