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Data Provider: Welsh Government National Statistics Potentially higher risk train accidents by type and year
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CollisionsBuffer stop collisions00000000010000
Freight trains00000000000000
Passenger and freight trains00000000000000
Passenger trains00000000000000
DerailmentsEmpty coaching stock11000000100000
Freight train and vehicles20000111100000
Passenger train12010210000000
[Collapse]Running into road vehicles32411522011002
Running into road vehiclesAt level crossings32411522011002
Elsewhere on the railway00000000000000



Potentially higher risk train accidents by year

Last update

7 April 2021 7 April 2021

Next update

April 2022 (provisional)

Publishing organisation

Welsh Government

Source 1

National Rail Trends, Regional User Profiles, Office of the Rail Regulator


National Statistics

Geographical coverage


Languages covered

English and Welsh

Data licensing

You may use and re-use this data free of charge in any format or medium, under the terms of the Open Government License - see

General description

This dataset gives details on potentially higher risk train accidents in Wales up to the 2018 calendar year. Information about safety of the mainline rail network comes from the Rail Safety and Standards Board. Data are presented as the number of potentially higher risk train accidents reported in that calendar year.

Data collection and calculation

Rail transport information are compiled by the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR). ORR data are available via their National Rail Trends (NRT) Data Portal, an online interface for ORR’s database of rail statistics:
Rail safety data are taken from the Rail Safety and Standards Board’s (RSSB) Safety Management Information System (SMIS). For more information about the SMIS see the RSSB website:

Frequency of publication


Data reference periods

Data is shown from 2007 onwards

Rounding applied


Revisions information

Data for previous periods are routinely updated. Data for the current financial or calendar year may be revised with the release of next year’s data set

Statistical quality

These statistics are used both within and outside the Welsh Government to monitor trends in rail transport and as a baseline for further analysis.
The information for these statistics is based on a range of household and individual surveys and on administrative data.


Rail transport, statistical release:


Potentially higher risk train accidents