I too am as interested as Nick Jones (NCE 14-28 December 2000) to compare fatality rates per person mile travelled for road and rail. Interested enough to check the National Statistic Office website for the information.
He we go then Mr Jones.
Based on 1997 figures, you are 217 times more likely to die on your motorbike, 89 times more likely to die on your push bike, 6 times more likely to die in your car, 2 times more likely to die in your van and marginally safer than the train on the bus.
The road based figures exclude the countless numbers of people run over by road vehicles, but such fatalities are included in the rail statistics.
They also exclude the countless numbers of people who die from health problems related to pollution caused by motor vehicles.
Nick owes Alastair Morton, and the many engineers, drivers and other railway staff who work tirelessly to deliver a safe and efficient system despite years of underfunding, and under constant media scrutiny, an apology. I don't know about you, but I'm off to buy a season ticket for the train.
Mike Honeyman, Rugby, Warks firstname.lastname@example.org