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Railways: Accidents

Volume 488: debated on Tuesday 24 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) Hemel Hempstead and (ii) Hertfordshire in each year since 1998. (255644)

There are no level crossings in the Hemel Hempstead area.

The following data, relating to Hertfordshire, 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.

Level crossing accidents in Hertfordshire 1998 to 20081

Fatalities

Injuries

Total

1998

1

0

1

1999

0

1

1

2000

1

1

2

2001

1

0

1

2002

2

1

3

2003

2

0

2

2004

0

0

0

2005

1

0

1

2006

1

0

1

2007

0

1

1

20081

1

0

1

Total

10

4

14

1 Provisional figures.

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport how many (a) fatalities and (b) injuries there have been on the railways in (i) Greater London, (ii) Sutton and Cheam constituency and (iii) nationwide in each year since 1998. (256662)

Fatality and injury data by constituency can be provided only at disproportionate cost.

However, the other information requested on fatalities and injuries on the railways in Greater London and nationwide in each year since 1998 is shown in the following tables.

Table 1: Railway fatalities and injuries Great Britain1998-081

Fatalities

Injuries

1998

288

4,565

1999

349

5,407

2000

319

5,523

2001

308

5,239

2002

316

5,197

2003

286

5,125

2004

288

5,129

2005

314

5,266

2006

343

4,529

2007

309

4,545

20081

309

3,988

1 Provisional figures.

Table 2: Railway fatalities and injuries Greater London area only 1998-081

Fatalities

Injuries

1998

73

2,303

1999

98

2,485

2000

63

2,366

2001

84

2,319

2002

75

2,434

2003

73

2,558

2004

59

2,565

2005

78

2,805

2006

81

2,481

2007

75

2,461

20081

81

2,074

1 Provisional figures.

The data 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). The majority of fatality figures relate to incidents of trespass and suicide.

Data for 2008 are provisional and subject to change.