Updated 20th May
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The seventh annual safety report for the UK's railways from the Railway Safety and Standards Board.
This document was published in 2007 by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
It was written by Railway Safety & Standards Board.
The original document format was PDF File, and comprised 270 pages.The original document can be found here.
This document is © Railway Safety & Standards Board.
"Our railway has constantly developed and improved safety policy since its inception. Where accidents have occurred, solutions have been sought. Thus when William Huskisson MP was killed by Rocket at the opening of the Liverpool and Manchester Railway in 1830, it soon became clear that the monitoring of safety would be vital if the invention was to progress as a
mode of mass transportation.
Early incidents like this led to the first Railway Regulation Act (1840), which required all injurious accidents to be reported to the Board of Trade. Within 50 years, block signalling, interlocking and continuous braking on passenger trains had been made mandatory. The twentieth century saw further advancements, ranging from continuous welded rails and multi-aspect signalling, through to automatic train protection systems. The cycle of safety planning and performance reporting has become essential to ensuring that this development continues."
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