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Press release 20th November 2018

RAIL SAFETY MATTERS — ATTEND RAILFUTURE’S PUBLIC MEETING TO HEAR ITS TOP GUEST SPEAKER – IAN PROSSER CBE


SATURDAY 1 DECEMBER 14:00 IN CAMBRIDGE — OPEN TO ALL — FREE ENTRY

Level crossings (generally in the countryside rather than full-barrier crossings such as Ely station) pose the greatest risk to safety on the railway but there are others.

That Britain has not had a fatal train accident since 2008 is, er, no accident! It is down to a safety-first culture and professional behaviour across the rail industry.

With large vehicles now diverted away from Britain’s most bashed rail bridge in Ely, where the level crossing has just closed, the choice of guest speaker at Railfuture East Anglia’s public meeting in Cambridge on Saturday 1 December could not be better timed. Ian Prosser CBE is Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Railways and the director of railway safety at the Office of Rail and Road (ORR). A role that is all about the safety of everyone who uses, comes into contact with, and works on the railway.

He is responsible for the work of the Railway Safety Directorate, which strives to ensure duty-holders in the railway industry manage health and safety risks effectively and thus comply with their statutory duties. The Secretary of State appointed him to the Board of ORR with effect from 26 September 2008. In the 2018 National Rail Awards organised by RAIL magazine, Ian won the “Outstanding personal contribution (senior management)” category, where the citation highlighted his “superb contribution to rail safety”. This will be a rare chance to hear from a recognised expert on a truly vital aspect of the rail industry - an opportunity not to be missed, with a Q&A after the presentation.

The presentation begins at 14:00 in St Paul’s Church Hall, on Hills Road, Cambridge CB2 1JP, a little over five minutes’ walk from the station. Walk down Station Road and at the end turn right into Hills Road, the venue is on the right about 250 metres down the road. Doors open 13:30.




Media contact: CHRIS BURTON, Railfuture East Anglia Vice-Chairman. Tel: 01223 352327 / 07780 856212.

Railfuture has 12 branches in England plus national branches in Scotland and Wales.

The media are welcome to attend this event.

Website: www.railfuture.org.uk – East Anglia content at https://www.railfuture.org.uk/East+Anglia

Follow us on Twitter @Railfuture (nationally) and @RailfutureEA (East Anglia)


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