THE BENEFITS AND COSTS OF AUTOMATIC TRAIN PROTECTION ON BRITAIN'S RAILWAYS

The author discusses the safety of the British railway system, outlining improvements made since the Second World War. The feasibility of introducing Automatic Train Protection (ATP) is discussed. It is pointed out that many accidents would not have been prevented by ATP. Other areas are identified where the expenditure would be more useful. Costs for installing ATP over the whole or part of the network are presented. It is suggested that to make an impact on already low accident figures, a 300-400 million pounds initial outlay would be required, representing between 10 and 20 million pounds per life saved. This is compared with life valuations made by other authors of between 3/4 and 4 million pounds. Alternative techniques for preventing 'Signal Passed at Danger' accidents are described. For the covering abstract of the conference see IRRD 872231.

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  • English

Media Info

  • Pagination: 36 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00712347
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
  • Files: ITRD
  • Created Date: Oct 24 1995 12:00AM