Network Rail fined £3m over Potters Bar crash

Grant Prior 7 years ago
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Network Rail has been fined £3m following a safety prosecution brought by the Office of Rail Regulation in the wake of the Potters Bar derailment which killed seven people.

Network Rail was sentenced at St Albans Crown Court today after being charged under section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974.

The rail operator pleaded guilty to not providing and implementing suitable and sufficient standards, procedures and guidance for the installation, maintenance and inspection of adjustable stretcher bars.

Director of rail safety at ORR, Ian Prosser, said: “Today marks the end of a long process in which we have sought to gain a sense of justice for the families of the victims of the Potters Bar derailment.

“It is welcome that Network Rail, as the successor to Railtrack, pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches demonstrating that, under its new management it is now an organisation willing to take responsibility and learn from past mistakes.

“Safety on Britain’s railways has improved significantly over the last nine years and, today, statistics show we have one of the safest railways in Europe.

“But there can be no room for complacency. The safety culture of the rail industry can be significantly strengthened.

“As long as the regulator continues to have to step in to enforce improvements or bring prosecutions where things have gone wrong – as we have done many times this year – then, despite progress, it is clear that the industry has significant work still to do.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “This week marks the ninth anniversary of the terrible, tragic event at Potters Bar. We recognise for many that the sorrow remains and we should all pause and reflect as we remember those who lost their lives.

“Network Rail has today been sentenced for failings that contributed to this accident and we accept the fine as we accept the liabilities inherited from Railtrack. We say again today that we are truly sorry.

“Private contractors are no longer in control of the day-to-day maintenance of the nation’s rail infrastructure since Network Rail took this entire operation in-house in 2004.

“Today the railways are safer than they have ever been, yet our task remains to build on that record and always to learn any lessons we can to make it ever safer for passengers and those who work on the railway.”

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