Railways: Safety

Department for Transport written question – answered on 21st March 2016.

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Photo of Julian Knight Julian Knight Conservative, Solihull

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, what comparative assessment he has made of the safety of railways in the UK and other European countries.

Photo of Claire Perry Claire Perry Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

The United Kingdom currently has the safest record of any major railway network in Europe. All European Union Member States collect statistics about their safety performance including, for example, accidents and consequences, accident precursors and technical information. This material is collated by the European Railway Agency in its Annual Safety Performance Reports which are published at www.era.europa.eu/Core-Activities/Safety/Safety-Performance/Pages/Safety-Performance-Report.aspx.

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