Scope

The scope of the group covers:

  • Monitoring and analysing of both risk and train performance impacts as a result of SPAD incidents
  • Considering the effectiveness of measures to reduce the train accident risk as a result of SPADs
  • Considering mitigations that will reduce the risk of fatalities and weighted injuries (FWI) to passengers, workforce and the public
  • Gaining assurance from local train accident risk groups (eg SPAD RAMs or train accident sub groups) that Phase 1 of the Strategy has been considered across duty holders within that group and that they are monitoring the effectiveness
  • Monitoring the SPAD risk and analyse the underlying causes to determine reasons for the increase in incidents
  • Monitoring the type of events that are prevented by TPWS intervention
  • Reviewing associated research and its potential applications.

SPAD Self-Evaluation Tool

To help evaluate SPAD management, the SPAD Risk Subgroup have created a self-evaluation tool that. It is based on the SPAD Good Practice Guide, and so it looks at SPAD management from several perspectives, not just the actions of the driver. The SPAD self-evaluation tool  aims to deliver continuous improvements by helping users consider how the potential for SPADs are managed by not only a driver, but also by the influence of driver managers, through competence management and during times of change, the impact of other operational roles and the actions of the driver, as well as tackling the causes of SPADs.

Message from the Chair

SPAD RSG promotes the RSSB SPAD Strategy, working closely with TARG and the national route groups (OPSRAMs/TOSG). We encourage operating companies to develop their own SPAD strategies, and to share good practice and lessons learnt from incidents. 

Membership

The group’s membership is made up of the following industry categories:

  • passenger train operators
  • freight and other non-passenger train operators
  • infrastructure managers and owners
  • RSSB
  • Office of Rail and Road (observer).

Chair of committee: Trevor Parkin, Abellio East Midlands Limited
RSSB main representative: Philippa Murphy

Committee Members

Name Company Representing Status
Abigail Patterson Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Manager Member
Andrew Skitt Colas Rail Non Passenger Train Operator Member
Cassandra Tunbridge DB Cargo (UK) Limited Non Passenger Train Operator Member
Claire MacMillan RSSB RSSB Member
Claire Repeti Rail Delivery Group Passenger Train Operating Company Member
Daniel Saxton RSSB RSSB Member
Darren Armstrong Tyne & Wear Passenger Transport Executive Light Rail Member
David Jenkinson DB Cargo (UK) Limited Non Passenger Train Operator Member
Imran Chaudhry MTR Corporation (Crossrail) Limited Passenger Train Operating Company Member
James Taylor Balfour Beatty Rail UK Plant Engineering Non Passenger Train Operator Member
James Webb RSSB RSSB Member
Jason Halstead West Midlands Trains Ltd Passenger Train Operating Company Member
Jimmy Pettit Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Manager Member
John Kear East Coast Trains Limited Passenger Train Operating Company Member
John Metcalfe Aslef Trustee Company Limited Trade Union Member
Julia Hobbley RSSB RSSB Member
Justin Willett Govia Thameslink Railway Passenger Train Operating Company Member
Katie Mumford RSSB RSSB Member
Lucy Powell RSSB RSSB Meeting Manager
Matthew Brady Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Manager Member
Paul Atherfold Abellio East Anglia Limited Passenger Train Operating Company Member
Paul Lemon GB Railfreight Limited Non Passenger Train Operator Member
Paul Stokes Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Manager Member
Peter Brockett GB Railfreight Limited Non Passenger Train Operator Member
Peter Williams Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Manager Member
Philippa Murphy RSSB RSSB Member
Rich Farish London North Eastern Railway Passenger Train Operating Company Member
Stephanie Coleman Network Rail Infrastructure Limited Infrastructure Manager Member
Tommy Edmead First MTR South Western Trains Ltd Passenger Train Operating Company Member
Trevor Parkin Abellio East Midlands Limited Passenger Train Operating Company Chair