Notifying us of an accident

Guidance for industry on how to notify an accident.


  1. Documents

RAIB operates under the provisions set out in the Railways (Accident Investigation and Reporting) Regulations 2005. The Regulations require the railway industry to notify us about certain railway accidents and incidents involving their property or staff.

Where on-site information and evidence may be important, we must be contacted as soon as the railway organisation concerned becomes aware of an occurrence. Any delay at this stage may result in the loss of important evidence. It also enables us, where necessary, to mobilise quickly to site, carry out our work and return the site to operation as soon as possible.

Our emergency line 01332 253333 is staffed 24 hours.

You can read more on what accidents and incidents should be notified, how they should be notified and what information should be included in the notification in the following documents.