In most cases, train passengers are far safer if they stay inside the carriage than being outside on the live railway. RSSB has published two documents to reduce the risks associated with unplanned evacuations.
A research report identifies and develops good practice in the making on-train announcements during incidents, which can prevent unplanned evacuations.
Updated Rule Book Module M1 “Dealing with a train accident or train evacuation”, which comes into force this month, instructs staff in dealing with an unplanned passenger evacuation, detailing the responsibilities of the driver, guard and signaller should this occur.
Trespassing onto railway infrastructure poses serious safety risks, both to the individuals involved and the rest of the network. These include:
- Injury when alighting from the train onto the ballast
- Electric shock from contact with the third rail
- Being hit by passing trains
- Increased likelihood of delays across the rest of the network.
The new guidance and standard will work towards reducing the risk of unplanned evacuations across the network, improving the safety of passengers and staff and reducing costs associated with delays.
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