Railways: Accidents

Transport written question – answered on 30th March 2010.

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Photo of Lembit Öpik Lembit Öpik Liberal Democrat, Montgomeryshire

To ask the Minister of State, Department for Transport how many (a) collisions and (b) near misses between trains and road vehicles on level crossings have resulted in disruption to rail services in each year since 2005; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Chris Mole Chris Mole Parliamentary Under-Secretary, Department for Transport

Collisions between trains and road vehicle on the railways are reported to the independent Office of Rail Regulation under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95).

The Office of Rail Regulation has provided the information shown in the following table:

Collisions between trains and road vehicles at level crossings 2005-08
Number
2005 20
2006 13
2007 16
2008 22
2009 (1)-
(1) Information not yet published

Near misses are not reportable under Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995. This information could be provided only at disproportionate cost.

The Office of Rail Regulation data on service disruption resulting from railway incidents would include disruption due to pedestrian-train collisions, acts of vandalism and cable theft, and cannot be disaggregated to the level of detail requested. However, it is likely that all collisions between trains and road vehicles at level crossings will have caused some degree of disruption to rail services.

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