Network Rail to be prosecuted over Grayrigg

13 January 2012

The Office of Rail Regulation is to prosecute Network Rail over the Cumbrian rail crash at Grayrigg in February 2007 which took the life of 84-year-old Glaswegian Margaret Masson and left 88 people injured.

An inquest in November concluded that the train, travelling at 92 miles an hour, careered off the track and down an embankment when it went over degraded points.

The 11 jurors heard evidence from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) about the unsafe condition of the Lambrigg 2B points. One of three stretcher bars, which keep moving rails a set distance apart, was missing while the other two were fractured and bolts were missing.

At the time of the inquest, the union expressed its sympathy for Mrs Masson's family and to all those injured in the derailment and joined the coroner in praising the train driver, ASLEF member Iain Black, who was seriously injured in the crash.

‘It is right that we examine every detail of how the Grayrigg tragedy came about, and who or what systems were responsible, in order that we can prevent a similar occurrence in the future,’ said ASLEF’s general secretary Mick Whelan.

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