Passenger self-evacuations lead to risks to the individuals and to the wider network. The outcomes of RSSB’s work on lowering this risk are now available.
Self-evacuation by passengers, such as the 200 festival goers in Bristol in 2015, or the incident at Holland Park in 2013, poses safety risks from electrified third rails and passing trains; as well as potentially increasing risks associated with overcrowding across the rest of the network.
RSSB has produced two new pieces of guidance to specifically address this risk. Research project T1065, “Identifying and Developing Good Practice in Making On-Train Announcements in the Event of an Incident: A Guide for Managers”, provides on-board staff with guidance on to prevent such events when there are delays.
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 and signaller.
The new guidance and standards 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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