Cullen report orders a rail training shake-up

first_imgThe railway industry has been ordered to make major improvements to stafftraining following publication of the report into the Paddington disaster. Lord Cullen made nine recommendations on driver management and training inhis report on the public inquiry into the crash following harsh criticism ofThames Trains. Michael Hodder, driver of the Thames train involved in the disaster, hadonly recently qualified when he went through a red signal leading to thecollision, which killed 31 people in October 1999. Cullen said, “I conclude that the safety culture in regard to trainingwas slack and less than adequate and that there were significant failures incommunication within the organisation.” In his report, Cullen said Thames Trains should have done more to organisemanagement and training in a systematic manner. Managers responsible for drivertraining taught classes in their own way, training material was not validatedand there were gaps in the training delivered He said in his report. Cullen recommended Thames Trains ensures its drivers have monthlyface-to-face meetings with managers responsible for driving standards. David Maitland, group HR director for Connex Transport, said his companywould be studying Cullen’s recommendations closely. Maitland said, “We recognise that train drivers have a stressful job,requiring a lot of decision-making and working on their own. Driver training iscrucial to the railways. It is a key part of the system.” A Thames Trains spokesperson said, “We were aware that there wereimprovements we wanted to make to training in 1999 when the accident happened. “We have implemented a wide range of improvements in driver training,recruitment and development in the past two years. That process is ongoing. Weaccept all the recommendations in the report.” By Katie Hawkins Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. Cullen report orders a rail training shake-upOn 26 Jun 2001 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more