August 2012

"To SPAD or not to SPAD: that is the question…"

Abstract

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The rail industry harbours a very strange and powerful acronym - the ‘SPAD’: to the general public, it is a front-page newspaper headline that strikes the imagination and conjures up doubts over railway safety; to the knowing passenger, it is an event to file away to the back of the mind in order

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to make room for more pressing day-to-day concerns; to the General Manager, it is long hours spent deliberating over their rail network, entertaining hope but bracing for inevitability; and to the train driver, it is an emotional response beyond words. All this in a four-letter acronym that means a signal has been passed at danger.[...]

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