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How and why railway safety has improved since the Clapham Junction Rail Crash

Event organised by ICE

04 May 2022

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Robert Knapman joined the railway one week before the Clapham Junction rail crash happened. In this webinar for ICE Wales Cymru WW & SC Club, he will explore some key questions arising from the accident.

How did this crash affect safety on the railway? What other accidents and incidents over the last 33 years have affected the way the railway operates? Have the outcomes from investigations improved railway safety or have the public enquiries change things for the better? Has public opinion, including survivor groups, had a major effect on railway safety?

Robert will also outline his present role as a workforce health, safety and environmental advisor and discuss the strengths and weakness at Network Rail. To finish the talk, he will talk about the new Network Rail safety framework, part of which he completed for the Wales Route maintenance team.


Robert Knapman

Robert Knapman

Network Rail

workforce health, safety and environmental advisor

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Robert Knapman

Robert joined British Rail in 1988 as Trainman (G), the latest term for a guard. His career spans Intercity senior conductor, Network South East Conductor Leader, driver-only operations in charge of heavy cleaning gangs and maintaining stations for Thames and Chiltern during privatisation. He moved to South Wales joining Jeffrey Osborne’s limited as a contract’s supervisor maintaining buildings for Railtrack and later joined Dean and Dyball as contracts manager maintaining buildings and structures. When made redundant, he joined Network Rail managing Dean and Dyball. Robert currently provides health safety and environmental advice to eight managers covering 960 staff. Qualifications include HNC, HND, NVQ level VI and an MSc in safety engineering.

For more information please contact:

Eleanor Kelman