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Train Accidents

Volume 124: debated on Wednesday 16 December 1987

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To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will give for British Rail for each year since 1979 the location of each train accident resulting in a fatality or fatalities.

The location of all train accidents involving passenger fatalities in the period 1979–86 is given in table 8 of the Department's "Report on Railway Safety for 1986", a copy of which is in the Library. During the same period a total of 33 railway staff and contractors died in train accidents, together with 45 "other persons", mostly the occupants of road vehicles involved in train accidents at level crossings. The location of these latter accidents is given in the published annual reports on railway safety. The location of all the accidents involving railway staff is not given in the reports. If the hon. Member will confirm that he requires the information, I shall write to him.