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Millions pledged to improve rail safety

1st November 2013 | Health and Safety Signs

Posted by Jason Nicholls

Around £930 million of funding has been allocated to Network Rail to improve safety measures. This funding is being given by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR), and includes provision for both passengers and Network Rail employees.

The majority of this funding is for structural issues. A total of £571 million has been allocated to improve bridges and tunnels, to ensure increased safety for all involved.

Out of the remaining funding, £250 million is to be used to improve the safety of track workers. This will pay for “new equipment and safer working practices”, according to ORR.

Finally, £171 million will be invested in level crossings. After coming to the conclusion that many of the UK’s level crossings are dangerously unsafe, the decision has been made to close around 500 of them.

The £171 million will cover the cost of the closures, and allow improved safety measures to be taken at hundreds more of the more dangerous level crossings in the country.ADNFCR-2754-ID-801656095-ADNFCR


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