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2000-10-20 RSA-001
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September SPAD figures show successive decline

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Railway Safety

September SPAD figures show successive decline

20 October 2000
source Railway Safety
type Press release

Forty six signals were passed at danger in September 2000, the latest report published by the Safety and Standards Directorate shows.

The figure for the month is eight fewer than in September 1999 and 11 fewer than the average of September figures for the last six years.

The report, the 12th monthly report to be produced by Safety and Standards, also details the first recorded operational activation of the Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS).

This occurred during a SPAD at Metropolitan Junction on the Thameslink route on 12 September. TPWS was activated and the train was stopped within the first 22 yards of the 82-yard overlap.

The SPAD rate has now been in decline against the six-year average for 14 successive months, however the report expressed concern at the lack of reduction in the number of starting against signal SPADs which occurred at platforms.

Numbers of starting against signal SPADs are as a whole decreasing in line with the overall SPAD rate however there is no improvement in the number of those that happen at platforms.

Nine of the 46 SPADs were at signals within the current definition of a multi-SPAD signal (two in the last five years) and 23 occurred at signals with a previous SPAD record.


Contact Alison Flynn on 020 7904 7524 for further information.


Concerns about operational safety on the Railway should be reported to Railtrack's 24-hour helpline on 0845 711 4141.

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