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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 1, Issue 7 (December 15, 1926)

The Safety Of The London Underground

The Safety Of The London Underground.

According to figures recently issued by the Ministry of Transport, the chance of a passenger being injured through a mishap to trains, rolling stock, or permanent way on the railways of Great Britain in 1925 was 1 in 4,500,000, whilst for fatal accidents it was 1 in over 1,700,000. During 1925 not a single accident to passengers was entailed through the working of the London Underground trains. In all, 319,000,000 passengers were carried, and the trains ran an aggregate of 14,182,000 train miles. This result may be largely attributed to the efficacy of the electro-pneumatic system of signalling in use, which permits of intensive train operation (certain sections of the Underground have the highest frequency of service of any railway in the world) with an infinitesimal chance of mishap.