Database Boost for Tram Safety

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A pioneering risk management system aimed at enhancing tram safety has been launched online by a new organisation responsible for standards across the light rail sector.

The Tram Accident and Incident Reporting (TAIR) database has the potential to transform the way operators across the country identify, eliminate or mitigate against potential risks.

Developed by UKTram and now to be administered by the recently established Light Rail Safety and Standards Board the database builds on risk assessment work carried out on the UK’s largest tramway.

Working closely with global engineering consultancy Atkins, Manchester Metrolink will be the first to introduce the new industry developed risk analysis and modelling system that’s now at the heart of a centralised database, managed by the LRSSB.

Peter Cushing, LRSSB Chief Executive, explained: “The innovative work undertaken in Manchester and the new database we are introducing will make it much easier for operators across the country to identify, eliminate or mitigate against potential risks.

“As well as helping the sector share vital information, it will also standardise the way any incidents, including ‘near misses’, are reported, helping to build a comprehensive and robust model of potential hazards and risks that operators can use to help improve their own safety processes.

“Of course, all tramway and light rail systems have different challenges but, now the modelling system is fully operational, other networks will be able to add their own data and contribute to the most comprehensive risk management tool developed for the light rail sector in the UK.”

The LRSSB builds on the work done by UK Tram, the organisation representing the country’s light rail sector, in addressing issues highlighted by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch report into the Croydon tram derailment, which claimed the lives of seven people.

Mr Cushing adding: “Fundamentally trams are a safe mode of transport, but we can never be complacent. Reducing potential risks is a top priority for operators, and the TAIR database will provide a boost for the entire light rail sector and the millions of customers who rely on it every year.”