Definition

This measure reports all Signals Passed At Danger (SPADs), which is where a train passes a stop signal when not allowed to do so. SPADs are a potential precursor to railway accidents.

Signals passed at danger

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Commentary

SPADs have risen this year with an increase in the number of instances where the train reached the fouling point.

There were 31 instances where the train reached the fouling point (the point on a pair of converging tracks where two trains would collide if allowed to approach together). This was a increase from the 25 events last year.