Rail accidents investigation unit open in FarnboroughBy Tim Harris
November 14, 2012
MORE jobs will arrive in Farnborough following the opening of the new branch of a rail safety organisation.
Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin MP officially opened the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) facility, based in Berkshire Copse Road, last Thursday (November 8).
With another branch in Derby, Mr McLoughlin described the new RAIB base in Farnborough as the "ideal location for it to serve the nation".
Mr McLoughlin said: “I am very pleased, I am delighted. I think this will be significant for the future of transport in this country.
“More and more people travel with trains, and rail services are used by people in Farnborough.
“Quite often the biggest challenge is to give that assurance that safety is continuously being looked at. We need that reassurance for the public.
“I hope the role of this organisation will lead to that, and also flag up accidents before they happen.”
Andrew Lloyd, chief executive of Rushmoor Borough Council, added: “This is fantastic, this brings jobs and it enhances Farnborough and Rushmoor's reputation.
“It is massive as the RAIB is now recruiting local people to add to their overall establishment. It is more jobs coming into the borough - and that is important for us.”
The new home for the RAIB is called Cullen House, named after Lord Cullen, and the new site is right next door to fellow safety organisation the Air Accidents Investigation Branch (AAIB).
Carolyn Griffiths, chief inspector for the RAIB, said it would be "completely wrong" if there was not a synergy between the two.
“Being right next to the AAIB will give us that communication between the two branches,” she said.
“The clear purpose of this is that we have the advantage of working together - we can share case history, and we can share resources. It is good to be here in the south east.”
Sir Gerald Howarth, MP for Aldershot and Farnborough, added: “What we have now got here is a centre of accident excellence. There are potential synergies between the RAIB and the AAIB.
“I think this is a confidence in Farnborough as a location for a hugely important agency which will have an increasingly important role in assuring travel safety for all of us.”