Union dissappointment at Potters Bar decision

18 March 2011

ASLEF is deeply disappointed by the ORR’s decision to drop charges against Jarvis, relating to the tragic deaths of 7 people killed in a train crash at Potters Bar in 2002. ASLEF is particularly disappointed by the ORR’s stated opinion that ‘while there remains sufficient evidence to provide a realistic prospect of conviction of Jarvis, a prosecution would no longer be in the public interest'.

Given the seriousness of the offences committed it is difficult not to conclude that the decision to drop charges was motivated more by a desire to save money than a desire for justice.

ASLEF has always believed that in a safety-critical industry like rail, maintenance of the infrastructure should never have been contracted out to private companies seeking to maximise profits in the first place.

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