RSSB statement following the train accident at Stonehaven

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At about 09:40hrs on 12 August, a train derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. The train driver, the conductor and a passenger died.

Following this tragedy, RSSB’s Chief Executive Officer, Mark Phillips said: 

“RSSB joins the whole railway family in sadness following this terrible accident, which killed a passenger, the train driver and the conductor. 

 “Our thoughts are with the family and friends of the three people who died, the injured, as well as the first responders in the emergency services, British Transport Police and investigators. 

“We are ready to offer any support to the operators and investigators, Scotland’s Railway including Network Rail, ScotRail, and Rail Accident Investigation Branch. In the fullness of time, we will ensure the whole railway understands how and why this happened, so that the railways in Scotland and across the whole of Britain are safer.”

Notes for editors

This was the first train derailment causing death to passengers or people who work on the railway for over 13 years. The last fatal train accident was at Grayrigg in February 2007 were one passenger died. The last time a train driver died in a train accident while driving was at the Ufton Nervet accident in 2004.

It is exactly because trains are one of the safest forms of public transport, and that train accident risk is so low, that makes an accident like this all the more shocking and saddening.
The whole rail industry will be focussed on supporting the investigation to establish what went wrong and what needs to improve to ensure railways are even safer.


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About RSSB

RSSB brings industry together to deliver expertise, solve complex issues and provide the headspace for collaboration, all leading to a better, safer railway.

As a membership-based rail industry body, RSSB includes train and freight operating companies, infrastructure managers, contractors, rolling stock leasing companies and suppliers, and our work involves partnerships and affiliation with academia, government, and many other railways and organisations across the world.

We provide impartial, risk-based analysis and insights to continually improve health, safety and performance. We develop standards, setting engineering and operational requirements for safe interworking and to increase efficiency.  We also undertake research and development to enable industry to generate knowledge, technologies and operational solutions that individual players in the rail system could not pursue in isolation.

Together we form an industry support network, so that we all benefit from better safety, sustainability and service, and reduced cost and risk.

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