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Tackling Freight Derailment

In response to, and at the behest of, the Office of Rail and Road (ORR), a cross-industry group has been set up to look into the reasons why freight wagons derail, in particular when due to interactions of track, vehicle and offset load. The Cross-Industry Freight Derailment Working Group has also been tasked with specifying and supporting the implementation of short-, medium- and long-term measures that will reduce the risk of derailments so far as is reasonably practicable.

The working group has participated in bowtie risk analysis workshops, to understand the risks, identify control measures for those risks, and to evaluate the strength of each control. The bowtie diagram resulting from those workshops illustrates that work. A report on the bowtie risk analysis was published in November 2016. This report describes the working group’s analysis of the most effective measures to be taken to reduce the risk of freight derailments. It is accompanied by a set of appendices that contain details of the methodology for the workshops.

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