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Rail Public Inquiries: Work on recommendations heads for completion

HSE InfoLine : 14 September, 2004  (Company News)
The Health and Safety Commission today published its third progress report on recommendations made following recent rail Public Inquiries.
The Health and Safety Commission today published its third progress report on recommendations made following recent rail Public Inquiries.

The report charts progress on the implementation of recommendations since HSC published its last report in August 2003. Bill Callaghan, HSC Chair said:

'This latest report records considerable progress. The rail Public Inquiries have delivered results because the rail industry has risen to the challenge of delivering the recommendations; this is part of the framework for the continued improvement in railway safety. Of the total of 295 recommendations arising from the three Public Inquiries into rail safety, only 27 now remain to be completed. The end of 2003 saw the successful completion of the train protection and warning system programme. TPWS has already reduced the signal passed at danger risk and there have been several incidents where TPWS has effectively intervened in situations where there was potential for collisions.'

He added: 'In the recently published White Paper 'The Future of Rail' the Government set out its plans to merge regulatory responsibility for rail safety with the Office of Rail Regulation. That new body must ensure that the process of improving safety culture on the railways continues, and both the Rail Accident Investigation Board and the Rail Safety and Standards Board, two creations of the rail Public Inquiries, will have key roles to play. In the meantime, HSC remains committed to maintaining health and safety on the railways.'

Bill Callaghan was speaking as HSC published its third progress report on implementing the recommendations made by Professor John Uff and Lord Cullen in their reports on the Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail crashes and their Inquiry into train protection systems. Professor Uff and Lord Cullen asked HSC to monitor implementation of the recommendations made in the Public Inquiry reports.

HSC published a first progress report in November 2002 charting progress on all 295 recommendations. The second progress report was published in August 2003 showing progress on the remaining 116 recommendations. This third report tracks progress made on the remaining 79 recommendations.

'The Rail Public Inquiries: HSC report on overall progress as of March 2004 on the remaining recommendations from the rail Public Inquiries' can be found at: http://www.hse.gov.uk/railways/railpublic3.pdf [580kb]
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