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Thursday, 24 February, 2000, 16:08 GMT
Main points of Southall report
Professor John Uff made 93 recommendations in his 226-page report into the 1997 Southall rail crash which killed seven people.

The recommendations included:

  • Research into the human behaviour studies relating to driver performance;
  • Automatic Warning System (AWS) to be regarded as vital to the continued running of a train;
  • AWS and other in-train safety equipment should not fail in service through preventable causes;
  • Airline-style safety briefings should be adopted for train passengers on a trial basis;
  • Automatic train protection (ATP) should be maintained on Great Western lines;
  • Extension to the present coverage of ATP on Great Western should be considered;
  • New authorities to oversee projects including AWS and ATP should be set up;
  • Technical investigation of serious rail accidents should generally be controlled by the Railway Inspectorate;
  • Driver training should include driving in abnormal conditions, including driving without AWS working;
  • Railtrack must ensure that rules and standards applicable to train companies and drivers are clear and unambiguous;
  • Great Western should regularly monitor the workload of all its maintenance staff;
  • Railtrack should ensure that checks on the alignment and siting of signals are made at least annually;
  • All parties in the industry must ensure that paper-based procedures do not become divorced from reality;
  • Routes for evacuation away from an accident should take into account the need to avoid distressing scenes;
  • Identification of victims should be speeded up and information released to relatives at the earliest possible time.

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    24 Feb 00 | UK Politics
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