Railways: Emergency Services

Department for Transport written question – answered at on 5 February 2024.

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Photo of Baroness Smith of Basildon Baroness Smith of Basildon Shadow Leader of the House of Lords, Shadow Spokesperson (Northern Ireland), Shadow Spokesperson (Devolved Issues)

To ask His Majesty's Government on how many occasions emergency services have attended incidents (1) at railway stations, or (2) on railway tracks, in each of the past five years.

Photo of Lord Davies of Gower Lord Davies of Gower Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

There is no single source of data on the number of occasions that emergency services have attended incidents at railway stations or on railway tracks.

Data on incidents on public transport attended by the British Transport Police in Great Britain may be found in British Transport Police ‘Use of force statistics’.

Data on incidents attended at public transport locations by police forces in England and Wales may be found in Home OfficePolice use of force statistics’.

Data on false alarms, accidental and deliberate fires ‘on trains’ attended by the Fire and Rescue Service in England may be found in in Home Office ‘Fire statistics’:

  • Accidental and deliberate fires: Table 0303 - Fires, fatalities and non-fatal casualties in outdoor primary locations and secondary fires by motive and location, England.
  • False alarms: False alarms dataset 2017 to 2023

The department does not hold data on the number of incidents attended by NHS England Ambulance services at railway stations or railway tracks.

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