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UK remains one of the safest railways in Europe

​Despite record breaking passenger numbers in 2015, our research confirms there were no passenger or workforce fatalities on trains last year.

According to annual figures released by us today, the UK remains one of the safest countries in Europe for train travel, with no passenger of workforce fatalities occurring on trains in 2015.

This is against a sustained backdrop of increasing passenger usage, which has grown by more than 50% over the last decade.

Our findings reveal that for a record breaking eight year in a row, no passenger or workforce train accident fatalities were reported in 2015, and there was an overall decrease in the number of fatalities on the network (excluding trespass and suicide) over the past year.

George Bearfield, RSSB Director of System Safety, said: 'Even though we are pleased to see these results we can't afford to be complacent as the precursors to train accidents indicate that the potential for a major train accident remains. As an industry we have to collaborate and work together to understand and manage potential risks, with the safety of all those who interact with the railway remaining at the forefront of our minds.'

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