Network Rail has been instructed to review and improve its repair and maintenance process, as the RAIB suggests more could have been to avoid the Waverley derailment last year.
According the report, a defect in the track was identified and subsequently repaired, despite the damage being too considerable to be fixed using the method the team employed.
So awareness of the risks and defects along the network is in place, but judgement on the appropriate action to remedy such damage may need improvement.
Scrimping on time or resources in maintenance is a counteractive approach which could lead to serious incidents akin to the Waverley derailment and worse. Taking the time to do so will drive safety up as well as cutting costs caused by potential disruption.
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