Safety and security on Britain's railways

15 April 2019

A mother whose 16-year-old daughter died when she was hit at a level crossing in Hipperholme, near Halifax, is suing Network Rail for £22,124 in damages.


Milena Gagic died in December 2014 when she sat between the train tracks because she believed that no trains ran at night.


And Leanne Gagic said her daughter thought that if a train did approach, it would sound its horn. But a ‘night time quiet period’ was introduced in 2007, barring the use of horns between 11pm and 7am.


Leanne says Network Rail breached its duty of care. Network Rail says Milena has only herself to blame.


Mick Whelan, general secretary of ASLEF, the train drivers’ trade union, said: ‘Whilst noise pollution is a concern, priority must always be given to saving lives. We have real concerns about the lack of protection – including the use of horns – for pedestrians at level crossings.’


ASLEF has long campaigned for all level crossings in Britain to be replaced by safer tunnels or bridges.


New figures published by the British Transport Police have revealed that live cable thefts in England, Scotland and Wales soared 85% last year – causing more trains to be delayed. Thieves steal the cables for the copper inside, selling them for scrap.


Mick said: ‘Safety on our railway network is paramount. We deplore these thefts which put the safety and security of passengers and staff at risk.’



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