New safety measures for UK railways agreed
: Monday, October 25, 1999
Following a meeting today (25 October) between Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and Britain's railway
companies a number of important safety measures have been agreed.
The meeting was called in the wake of the Paddington rail tragedy on 5 October in which 30 people died. Mr Prescott called for a change from a culture of blame to a safety culture.
Amongst the measures agreed are:
- establishment of a confidential hotline for rail staff to report safety issues
- a review of driver training
- rail companies to provide alternative options for both the Automatic Train Protection (ATP) and Train Protection Warning System (TPWS)
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