Rail bosses to put new focus on safety
THE near disaster on the Malahide viaduct and the crash between a Luas tram and a bus could both have had far "more serious consequences", the Rail Safety Commission (RSC) warned yesterday.
The commission, in its first annual report, said it was working with rail bosses to eradicate the risk of similar potential disasters in the future.
A total of 114 railway bridges, meanwhile, were struck by oversized trucks last year.
The commission said there had been a continuing improvement in railway safety with a decline in passenger fatalities, train collisions and fire-related incidents compared to 2008.
The two major exceptions were the collapse of the Broadmeadows Viaduct on the Iarnrod Eireann network, just north of Malahide Station, Co Dublin shortly before a packed train was due to cross.
The second was the crash between a Dublin Bus and a Luas tram, operated by Veolia, on O'Connell Street.
"These two accidents could have had much more serious consequences," according to the rail authority.
Mary Molloy, RSC deputy commissioner, highlighted the need for sustained rail safety improvements.