Railtrack pleads guilty to Ladbroke Grove

29 October 2006

Railtrack - now Network Rail - today admitted its responsibility for a string of health and safety blunders which led to the Ladbroke Grove rail disaster. ASLEF leader Keith Norman has dismissed the admission as ‘totally inadequate’ and says it throws into question who should be responsible for the safety of rail infrastructure. He said the ‘casual admission of guilt’ at London's Blackfriars Crown Court justified ASLEF’s call for strengthened corporate manslaughter laws


'It is appalling that this company, regardless of the title on its note paper, can  admit its guilt and its managers and decision-makers can stroll off without a care in the world. We demand a complete review of how the infrastructure is overseen,' Keith said. 'We owe that at least to the train driver, Michael Hodder, and the other 30 innocent people who died that day.


'We await with interest the full details of the company's plea. We hope that the Court uses the full range of sentences at its disposal when they come to sentencing - which may be in December.'


Keith says today's events will strengthen the union's resolve to press for commensurate penalties for corporate killers.

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