Mick remembers Ladbroke Grove

05 October 2015

Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, today remembered those who died – and were injured – in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash on 5 October 1999.

He said: ‘As an industry we should never forget those who lost their lives, and those who were injured, and those families who were impacted and who suffered, too, in the Ladbroke Grove rail crash. And as an industry we should never forget the lessons that we learned in what is, and always will be, a safety-critical industry.’

The accident, in which 31 people were killed, and more than 520 others were injured, remains the worst rail crash on the Great Western main line. It came two years after Southall in September 1997. Both crashes – which could have been avoided by an operational ATP system, the fitting of which had been rejected on the grounds of cost – significantly damaged public confidence in the privatised railway system.

Mick also paid tribute to ‘All the fully-trained staff, both on the train, and those who went to assist, without whose help and intervention things could have been so much worse.’

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