Latest Rail News

28.06.13

£500,000 fine for Network Rail safety breach

Network Rail has been fined £500,000 for health and safety breaches that led to a ten year old boy being seriously injured at a level crossing near Beccles in 2010.

James How was a passenger in a pick-up truck when he was hit by a train. The unmanned level crossing had no phones to check if trains were due, with gates that have to be opened by hand.

The boy was thrown from the vehicle with serious head injuries after landing on the track. The ORR said the crash was caused by poor visibility when people were crossing from the south side.

Network Rail pleaded guilty and was ordered to pay £23,500 in costs on top of the fine. A telephone has since been fitted, and one gate moved to the track to improve the view of approaching trains.

Speaking after the sentence, Ian Prosser, ORR director of safety, said: “Our investigation found evidence Network Rail knew the crossing was unsafe for ten years, and yet took no action.

“This is unacceptable from a company responsible for protecting the safety of millions.”

Richard Schofield, Network Rail's route managing director, said: “Fundamental changes to the way we manage the region's level crossings have been made.

“We have a nationwide programme investing £130m to upgrade or close level crossings where possible.”

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Image c. Helen Steed under a Creative Commons Licence.

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

14/11/2019Maximising efficiency requires investment in data, but it’s rewards for rail could be extensive

Rail Technology Magazine’s Matt Roberts explains the significant role data can play within the future development of the rail industry. Standing as a cornerstone of the UK transport network, the rail industry is forever striving to in... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >