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Our approach to safety

Safety is at the heart of everything we do

At Network Rail, safety is paramount. The safety of passengers and other members of the public using our infrastructure, the safety of our employees and safety in our partnerships. You can find out more about how we apply the highest standards of safety across our business at the links below.

Safety in the community

We care about making sure passengers and other members of the public understand how to stay safe

Keeping our workforce safe

We’re passionate about safety for all our employees and contractors

Safety in our Railway Upgrade Plan

Safety is at the heart of every decision taken during our improvement works

Safety assurance

We provide safety assurance for everyone that comes into contact with our business, including our industry partners

Safety performance

How we measure our safety performance

Railway safety campaigns

Find out about our campaigns to raise safety awareness on the railway

Our safety vision

Our industry is incredibly complex; our approach to safety can’t be. Everyone Home Safe Every Day is Network Rail’s safety promise; simple and all-encompassing.

Our approach is not simply reactive. We measure our performance to target improvement, but we attribute at least as much focus on the precursors to accidents. We design and build our infrastructure with safety as the top priority, from the very start of the process.

Day to day, we have in depth reporting systems for unsafe conditions or acts which could have resulted in an incident or accident. Through careful analysis guiding early intervention, we are able to prevent accidents before they occur.

 

Our safety vision

Everyone home safe every day

More information

Our Home Safe Plan provides a framework for the delivery of safety benefits in high-risk areas and allows us to track progress against the targets we set ourselves.

We work very closely with a number of partners and agencies across the industry, who regulate and hold us to account on safety performance and collaborate with us to keep the railway safe.

Risk averse

Risk awareness forms the foundation of our safety culture. All our staff are encouraged to recognise, identify and act to reduce risk – and not just those on the front line. Accident prevention is the duty of every employee, on the tracks or away from them.

The railway is constantly changing and evolving and therefore so are the risks. We’re continually, monitoring, learning and innovating in our approach to reduce risk across the network, always asking the question of every situation: could this be safer?

Spreading the word

We also share our learning – through campaigns, communications and initiatives within our organisation, and externally by working in partnership with cross industry stakeholders, sponsors and communities.