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2001-06-19 ATO-002


Cullen report: a blueprint for a safer railway

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Cullen report: a blueprint for a safer railway

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19 June 2001
source ATOC
type Press release

The Cullen Report into the fatal rail crash at Ladbroke Grove will be a blueprint for delivering a safer railway, the Association of Train Operating Companies (ATOC) said today.

Welcoming the Report, ATOC Director, Steve Bence, said it pointed the way towards driving up safety across the industry.

"We must all learn from the mistakes which led to this tragic accident. The Report provides the framework within which this will be achieved.

"And we must never forget the pain and suffering of survivors and the relatives of those who died. That must continue to act as the driving force behind our efforts to improve safety across the board.

"This is a substantial report. It leaves no stone unturned in its search for the facts surrounding the tragic accident at Ladbroke Grove. It makes a number of important recommendations for the industry and is a vital contribution to keeping safety at the top of our priorities.

"As an industry we must now consider the recommendations in detail and decide how they can be taken forward." The railway industry has already taken action on a number of fronts following the Ladbroke Grove crash. These are detailed below.

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For more information: ATOC press office 020 7904 3010

Rail Industry Fact Sheet

A huge programme of work has taken place across the industry since October 1999. Initiatives include:

Train Protection Warning System - to be fully fitted on the infrastructure by the end of 2002, and train operators are on target to fit to 5,500 passenger cabs by the end of 2003.

Industry-wide programme board set up for ERTMS and project team developing project plan for implementation, and test track at Old Dalby, Leicestershire for trial running of European train protection levels 1 and 2.

Driver training procedures reviewed and information shared to promote best practice. Ten codes of practice on driver recruitment, training and management produced by ATOC and shortly to be written into Railway Group Standards.

All drivers receive both written and oral briefings on details such as location of multi-SPAD signals and adhesion problem areas. Increasing emphasis on the importance of defensive driving.

Issue of new Railway Group Standards including signal positioning & visibility, TPWS requirements, prevention and mitigation of overruns - risk assessment, on-train data recorders, and SPAD management.

SPAD Management Handbook CD Rom - containing visual communication aids, 500 SPADed signals CD, driver briefing tips, best practice, & Anti-SPAD Toolkit - that aims to help industry use range of techniques and information to control SPADs. Extra resources committed to investigating SPADs as well as more formal training for staff involved in root cause investigations.

Train companies' plans to introduce simulators progressing well (Virgin, First Great Western and Thames Trains already have simulators in operation while Connex has placed a substantial order).

Human factors work including human error videos, research on shift work & fatigue, visual & mental acuity, specially monitored drivers, selection criteria for drivers standards managers, driver training & assessment and eye movement studies.

Complex layouts involving signalling around the country reassessed and extra preventative and mitigating measures provided where appropriate.

Train companies have, or are now producing comprehensive route maps developed for track layouts and Railtrack is working on a national standard.

National Safety Task Force established to facilitate and co-ordinate safety matters across the industry. Nationwide Confidential Safety Reporting System (CIRAS) which now has more than 80,000 safety critical and safety related members from train, infrastructure and maintenance companies who can report safety concerns independently and in confidence.

Use of Drivers' Reminder Appliance on the move prohibited. Further studies have commenced into DRA usage, means of obtaining maximum benefit from existing DRA arrangements, alternative strategies to controlling the incidence of starting against signal SPADs).

ATOC Codes of Practice on training of on-train staff in emergency procedures and provision of safety information on trains.

Code of Practice for AWS component life about to be issued.

Development work on a suite of special standards for vehicles including crashworthiness, emergency exit, emergency evacuation.

Research into train evacuation 'modelling' and testing has been initiated.

Train operators, manufacturers and leasing companies commissioned risk assessment into fire and crashworthiness of rolling stock

ATOC/Railway Safety have issued vehicle interior crashworthiness standard for industry consultation. Standard recommends standards for seating, tables, doors, lighting etc. It will apply to new trains and existing trains as these are refurbished. Ladbroke Grove and HMRI 22 SPAD action plan follow up conducted to drive forward improvements and actions taken in all cases were appropriate.

Railway Safety research and development programme into key areas of risk funded to the tune of £75m over five years

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