Railway Accidents

Oral Answers to Questions — Transport – in the House of Commons at 12:00 am on 24th October 1949.

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Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley 12:00 am, 24th October 1949

asked the Minister of Transport if he will make a statement on the number of railway accidents which took place during the years 1947, 1948 and during the six months ended 30th June, 1949, indicating in general terms the causes of such accidents, and the number of deaths and serious injuries incurred during those three periods respectively.

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

The information for the years 1947 and 1948 is contained in the report of the Chief Inspecting Officer of Railways for the year 1948, a copy of which I am sending to the hon. Member. It is not practicable to prepare such detailed statistics, as are contained in this Report, for a six-monthly period only, but with the hon. Member's permission, I will circulate in the OFFICIAL REPORT particulars of train accidents which took place during the six months ended 30th June, 1949.

Photo of Sir Patrick Hannon Sir Patrick Hannon , Birmingham Moseley

May I ask whether, in conjunction with the local authorities, everything possible is being done to prevent an accumulation of accidents upon the roads all over the country?

Photo of Mr Alfred Barnes Mr Alfred Barnes , East Ham South

The hon. Member's Question is directed to railways and not to roads.

Following are the particulars:

Train Accidents1st January to 30th June, 1949
Total Number554
KilledSeriously Injured
Passengers6
Servants37
Other Persons13
416
Causes Human Element
Train Crews118
Signalmen157
Technical Defects159
Other Causes120
554