Clapham Rail Crash

12 December 2013

Mick was speaking at a memorial today to the 35 men and women who lost their lives – another 500 people were injured – when three trains collided just after 8am on Monday 12 December 1988 in Clapham, south London.

Mick joined mourners at a ceremony, including a two minute silence, in the memorial garden close to the site of the triple train crash to remember those who lost their lives,including Bournemouth driver John Rolls.

The inscription on the simple stone memorial in the park says: ‘For those who lost their lives in the Clapham Junction rail disaster on 12 December 1988, those who were injured, their families, friends and all who helped and cared at the time and afterwards.’

A public inquiry into the accident, conducted by Anthony Hidden QC, found that the primary cause of the crash was a wiring error made by a worker who had only had one day off in the 13 weeks prior to the accident.

The Hidden report made 93 recommendations – including limits on the hours railwaymen should work – to improve safety on the rail network in Britain.

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