publication . Article . 2011

Exploring the psychological factors involved in the Ladbroke Grove rail accident

Stanton, Neville A.; Walker, Guy H.;
Open Access English
  • Published: 01 May 2011
Ten years after the event and the question as to exactly why a driver passed a signal at danger to cause the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster is still an open one. This paper uses the literature on human error and cognition, combined with critical path analysis, to provide further insight. Five aspects of train operation are drawn out of the known facts surrounding the incident: custom and practice in the use of the Driver's Reminder Appliance, operation and use of the Automatic Warning System, the sequence of signalling information, methods of supplying route information, and speed restrictions. Associated with each are several important human factors issues which,...
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