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Spain to Create Independent Rail Safety Authority

Source: Global Rail News - Tue 28th Jan 2014
Spain to Create Independent Rail Safety Authority

The Ministry of Development has approved the establishment of an independent rail safety authority following the fatal train cash in Galicia on the 24th of July 2013.

79 Passengers lost their lives and dozens more seriously injured when the high speed train approached Santiago de Compostela railway station at almost twice the approved speed, causing a number of carriages to derail.

The Agencia Estatal de Seguridad Ferroviaria (State Railway Safety Agency) will be responsible for issuing operating licenses and safety certification, as well as developing a security policy framework and managing the Special Register of Railway Companies.

The new entity will be granted full access to data held by train operators and infrastructure manager ADIF, as well as the authority to carry out necessary inspections.

Another element of the body's role will involve developing communication with other safety authorities around Europe.

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