Railways

European rail accident rate declined by 80% since 1990

European rail accident rate declined by 80% since 1990

Collisions, derailments and deaths on Europe’s railways declined by around 6% a year between 1990 and 2019 according to updated analysis by Prof. Andrew Evans of Imperial College London published in Accident Analysis and Prevention. The paper also investigates the causes of accidents. A notable finding is that the proportion of accidents caused by signals passed at danger (SPADs) fell from 40 % in 1990− 1999 to 21 % in […]

Number of railway accidents going down

Number of railway accidents going down

Between 2010 and 2018, the number of significant railway accidents in the EU fell by a quarter to 1 721 accidents, 571 fewer than in 2010. A total of 885 persons were killed and 760 persons seriously injured in these accidents in 2018 (not including suicides). The most common type of accident involved unauthorised people on the railway tracks that were hit by a train. In 2018, 973 such accidents […]

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