Risk and resilience of railway infrastructure: an assess-ment on uncertainties of rail accidents to improve risk and resilience through long-term data analysis

Panrawee Rungskunroch, Anson Jack, Sakdirat Kaewunruen

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Since the 20th century, the rail network’s growth has been significantly in-creased worldwide to support passenger demands. One key to success is the safe service from the rail network, which shows a lower number than other public transportations. Nevertheless, many rail authorities have significantly increased safety level and reduced risks for a passenger. The causes of rail-way accident happened from various factors; however, primary accidents re-lating to infrastructure failures caused excessive damage to train and peo-ple’s lives. All failures, which occurred in multi-parts of rail’s infrastructure (i.e., roadbed, track, rail bridge), could be the primary causes of train colli-sion and derailment. The overall goal of this study is to analysing uncertain-ties of railway accidents and, evaluating risk and resilience of rail’s infra-structure after occurring an accident. The outcomes are expected to provid-ing safety policies on the railway network. The research precisely conducts long-term global accident data sets, which related to infrastructure failures. The data sets are analysed by using Bayes’ and decision tree methods through Python programming. One practical advantage of the study illus-trates that the outcomes can apply to the railway networks’ safety, reliabil-ity, and maintenance policies. Also, the research leads to sustainability surge railway’s safety performances from avoiding infrastructure failures problems. As a result, the study reveals that the risk level from infrastructure failures shows at ‘high risk’ level that scored 18 of 32. Therefore, the research pro-vides a practical recommendation to railway authorities to increase the infra-structure’s safety level.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSustainable Cities and Resilience
Subtitle of host publicationselect proceedings of VCDRR 2021
EditorsIndrajit Pal, Sreevalsa Kolathayar
PublisherSpringer Nature
ISBN (Electronic)9789811655432
ISBN (Print)9789811655425
Publication statusPublished - 26 Oct 2021
EventVirtual Conference on DISASTER RISK REDUCTION : Civil Engineering for a Disaster Resilient Society -
Duration: 15 Mar 202120 Mar 2021

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2557


ConferenceVirtual Conference on DISASTER RISK REDUCTION
Abbreviated titleVCDRR2021


  • Infrastructure failures
  • Railway accident
  • Risk and resilience

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering


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