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Safety never stops: 200 years of safety on the railway

Event organised by Railway Civil Engineers' Association

05 December 2023

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‘Human lives are cheap. Dirt cheap. Men risk them for nothing’. These are the opening lines of ‘Safety Movement’ a document introduced by The Great Western Railway’s management, in August 1913. The document was a radical change to attitudes towards safety and was the precursor to ‘Personal Track Safety Handbook’.

This event will look at how attitudes to safety have changed from the opening of the West Durham to Stockton line with the first purpose-built passenger carriage in 1825, through the introduction of Railway Regulation Act 1840, The Regulation of Railways Act 1871, formation of the National Union of Railwaymen and through to the present day.


18:00 - 18:10

Welcome and RCEA introduction

18:10 - 18:15


18:15 - 19:15

Safety never stops – 200 years of safety on the railway by Steve McCormick, Network Rail

19:15 - 19:30

Q&A and event round up


Steve McCormick

Steve McCormick

Network Rail

principle engineer

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Steve McCormick

Stephen starting his railway career in with British Rail’s InterCity Civil Engineering Design Group, Swindon. Widespread experience in engineering management, design and construction on many major projects including: Merseyrail Power Upgrade Project, North West Electrification Programme, Euston Station Redevelopment and HS2 Enabling Works and London Bridge Station Redevelopment.

Currently, Network Rail’s Buildings and Civils Lead Discipline Engineer working on Transpennine Route Upgrade. Stephen in a Chartered Civil Engineer and a Member of the of the Permanent Way Institute. Stephen is currently the Chairman of the Railway Civil Engineers Association.

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