The annual safety report from the Office of Rail and Road has led to doubts about Network’s Rail site safety and incurred demands for improvement.
The report is annually conducted to uphold the high standards of safety that have been upheld by Britain’s railways over the past years (with eight consecutive years with zero train accident-related passenger fatalities). However the most recent report has argued that, despite trends in reducing accidents, the rail industry should remain proactive in further reducing risks.
The report stated several concerns over Network’s Rails safety in particular. This included insufficient safety risk assessments, minimal planning for maintenance and lack of consideration for electrical working and lifting operations.
As Network Rail also fall behind in their maintenance renewals this has heightened concern for a slack in terms of safety procedures in order to ‘catch up’. The regulator has demanded that Network Rail consider significant steps in addressing these issues and promise to monitor these steps and inflict enforcement when necessary.
The report highlights the improvements that have been made in British rail safety in past decades, but reminds that only continued development and high safety standards will insure these trends continue.
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