The number of Signals Passed At Danger (SPADs) incidents in East Anglia more than doubled last year according to figures released by National Express East Anglia.
In its annual report, National express revealed that the number of SPADS went up from 0.44 per million miles in 2010 to 0.96 per million miles in 2011. That works out at about 20 incidents on the entire East Anglian network throughout the year.
In 2010 there were only 9 SPADs in the region. However this number was regarded as an exception with 2011 providing figures more in line with the norm.
NXEA confirmed that the vast majority of SPADs involved trains passing a signal by only a metre or two usually as a result of slippery rails. Details of more serious SPADs were not provided.