Management of SPAD risk: the UK experience

The UK has achieved significant success in managing the risk associated with a train passing a signal at danger (SPAD). In terms of absolute number of incidents, the number of SPADs has reduced from more than 900 per annum in the early 1990s to 360 in 2004, the lowest number on record, with an average of less than one SPAD per day for the first time ever. In terms of reducing the risk arising from SPADs on or affecting the running line the target is to achieve at least 80% of the 2000/01 level, by March 2009. This paper describes the key actions and initiatives taken by the UK rail industry to achieve this success, covering the following areas: improving driver management; traction and rolling stock (cab design, brake performance, sightlines); infrastructure design, and train protection systems; maintaining focus in a fragmented, privatised industry; dealing with human factor risk; prioritising on key areas and research topics.

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  • Pagination: pp. 465-469
  • Monograph Title: Rail achieving growth: CORE 2006: conference on railway engineering, 30 April-3 May 2006, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01517188
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Mar 4 2014 8:12PM