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.
University College LondonCentre for Transport Studies, Gower Street
London, United Kingdom WC1E 6BT
- RAYNER, D
- Publication Date: 1995-1
- Pagination: 36 p.
- TRT Terms: Automatic control; Automation; Benefit cost analysis; Prevention; Railroad transportation; Safety; Signals
- Geographic Terms: United Kingdom
- ITRD Terms: 1661: Accident prevention; 3882: Automatic; 226: Cost benefit analysis; 1173: Rail bound transport; 1665: Safety; 6967: Signal; 8119: United kingdom
- Subject Areas: Railroads; Safety and Human Factors; Security and Emergencies;
- Accession Number: 00712347
- Record Type: Publication
- Source Agency: Transport Research Laboratory
- Files: ITRD
- Created Date: Oct 24 1995 12:00AM