ORR protects the interests of rail and road users. We are improving the safety, value, and performance of railways and roads, today and in the future.

Common Safety Indicators

Annual statistics used to assess safety performance of Great Britain’s mainline railways and its achievement of safety targets. This assessment must be carried out annually by ORR in accordance with The Railways and Other Guided Transport Systems (Safety) Regulations 2006. It uses Common Safety Indicators data to assess the level of safety risk associated with six risk categories:

  • Passengers
  • Employees
  • Level crossing users
  • Others
  • Trespassers
  • Whole society (collective risk to all categories of persons above)

The report also compares the number of fatalities and weighted serious injuries (FWSI) in Great Britain against other European countries for each of the six risk categories.

For information on any revisions, please see our Revisions log.

Our statistical practice is regulated by the Office for Statistics Regulation (OSR).

If you have any questions or feedback on these statistics, please contact rail.stats@orr.gov.uk

Latest statistical release

Common Safety Indicators, 2022
Common Safety Indicators, 2022

Date published: 15 Feb 2024
Date next published: TBC

Key results

  • In 2022 there was acceptable safety performance for Great Britain in each of the six railway risk categories.
  • Great Britain has the lowest number of fatalities and weighted serious injuries for whole society (all risk categories combined).
  • Great Britain also ranks favourably compared with other European countries in terms of employee safety, level crossing user safety and trespasser safety.