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Annual Safety Performance Report 2016-17

The latest data covering the 2016-7 financial year clearly shows further reductions in the amount of harm in terms of injuries and fatalities to rail passengers, the workforce and the wider public on what was already the safest form of land transport, seeing 1.73 billion passenger journeys.

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Watch our video: George Bearfield presents the key headline facts and figures from the Annual Safety Performance Report. 

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This report forms part of the robust evidence base that the industry uses to develop and drive targeted safety improvements.

Key numbers from the 2017 Annual Safety Performance Report

The scope for this report is the mainline railway, essentially the national rail network so does not include heritage, light rail or tramways.

Although rail remains one of the safest forms of transport, no one in the rail industry is complacent about safety and the report highlights the areas where harm was recorded and where risk needs to be managed. In many cases these areas are covered with existing industry programmes of work and are referred to in Leading Health and Safety on Britain's Railway.

Overview of safety performance in 2016

We have produced a summary of rail safety performance for the 2016 calendar year, providing details on fatalities, reportable train accidents and accident precursors.

Overview of safety performance in 2016

Monthly summary of safety performance reports

​​​We produce regular safety performance reports summarising some of the key data and trends on a monthly, half-yearly and annual basis.  

Production of the monthly summary was temporarily suspended following the introduction of the new SMIS system whilst we focussed on rebuilding reporting capability and data quality. We have now re-established regular publication of this report and we apologise for any inconvenience caused in the meantime.

​​​​​​​​These reports provides information on fatalities, reportable train accidents and accident precursors for the month in question. Graphic representations of trends are also included.

Signals Passed at Danger (SPAD) / Train Protection Warning Systems (TPWS) report

​The following report summarises Signals Passed at Danger (SPAD) performance and Train Protection and Warning System (TPWS) activity:​ 

Analysis of the risk from animals on line

This report provides risk and performance data relating to ‘animal on the line’ incidents in Great Britain.


​For more historic reports regarding monthly summary of safety performance, previous Annual Safety Performance Reports, Signals Passed at Danger (SPAD) / Train Protection Warning Systems (TPWS) reports, please visit the archive section.

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