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Railways: Accidents

Volume 487: debated on Wednesday 4 February 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) injuries and (b) deaths have occurred in accidents on railway crossings in (i) Lancashire and (ii) the UK in each year since 1998. (253723)

The data below are based on incidents reported to the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), under the Reporting of Injuries, Diseases and Dangerous Occurrences Regulations 1995 (RIDDOR 95). Figures for 2008 are provisional and may change with the receipt of coroners’ findings for inquests that are currently outstanding.

The following tables cover incidents at level crossings in Great Britain, as the ORR is not responsible for rail safety in Northern Ireland.

Table: 1 Fatalities and injuries at level crossings 1998-20081 (excluding trespassers and suicides) Great Britain

Fatalities

Lancashire figures

Injuries

Lancashire figures

Total

Lancashire figures

1998

13

1

40

2

53

3

1999

11

1

26

0

37

1

2000

13

0

28

0

41

0

2001

10

0

20

2

30

2

2002

14

1

32

1

46

2

2003

16

1

26

0

42

1

2004

16

0

64

0

80

0

2005

15

0

21

0

36

0

2006

8

0

28

1

36

1

2007

11

0

14

0

25

0

20081

15

0

27

0

42

0

1 Provisional figures

Table: 2 Fatalities and injuries to trespassers and suicides at level crossings 1998-20081 Great Britain

Year

Fatalities

Lancashire figures

Injuries

Lancashire figures

Total

Lancashire figures

1998

12

0

0

0

12

0

1999

8

1

0

0

8

1

2000

9

0

2

0

11

0

2001

10

0

3

1

13

1

2002

13

0

0

0

13

0

2003

15

1

0

0

15

1

2004

12

0

1

0

13

0

2005

20

2

3

1

23

3

2006

19

1

0

0

19

1

2007

17

0

0

0

17

0

20081

15

1

2

0

17

1

1 Provisional figures