Clapham Rail Crash

12 December 2016

On the anniversary of the Clapham rail crash, Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, said: ‘Our thoughts today are with the families who lost their loved ones.’

Thirty-five men and women lost their lives – another 500 people were injured – when three trains collided just after 8am on Monday 12 December 1988 in Clapham, south London.

An inscription on a stone memorial in the memorial garden close to the site of the triple train crash reads: ‘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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