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2000-11-17 RSA-001
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October SPAD figures show successive 15-month decline

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Railway Safety

October SPAD figures show successive 15-month decline

17 November 2000
source Railway Safety
type Press release

The latest report published by Railtrack's Safety and Standards Directorate shows that 53 signals were passed at danger in October 2000. The figure is 17 fewer than October 1999 and 17 fewer than the average October figures for the past six years.

The report, the 13th monthly report to be produced by Safety and Standards, details for the first time statistics on who is responsible for a Signal Passed at Danger (SPAD).

Data in the report gives a breakdown of SPADs since 1994/5, highlighting where responsibility has been allocated to an individual or to weather, rail or vegetation conditions. One table covers SPADs where an individual is held responsible and another highlights incidents where responsibility is shared.

The new information is aimed at helping tackle the root causes of SPADs in order to help prevent further incidents.

The report reiterates concerns of the Safety and Standards Directorate at the lack of reduction in the number of starting against signal SPADs that occurred at platforms.

Twenty three of the SPADs were at signals with a previous SPAD record and 25 of the total were in severity category three to eight.

[Download October SPAD Report (PDF format: 430KB)]


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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