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British railways still Europe’s safest – but SPAD risk rises

The Rail Safety Standards Board (RSSB) annual health and safety report for 2018/19 confirms Britain’s place as the safest of the European Union’s 10 biggest railway networks.

However, RSSB warns there is no room for complacency, citing a rise in the number of signal passed at danger (SPAD) incidents during the year, to 307.

Issues such as fatigue and management of change also remain key risks to safety across the network.

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RSSB is calling for more action to combat verbal and physical assaults on rail staff, and for management teams and staff to take a more proactive approach to health and safety.

This is especially given the structural changes that are likely to occur in the coming years as a result of Network Rail’s devolution programme and the Williams Review.

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