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13.06.12

Level crossing death fine for Network Rail

Network Rail has been fined for breaches of health and safety law that led to a woman’s death at a level crossing in Wiltshire in 2009.

Julia Canning was hit by a train at Fairfield crossing near Little Bedwyn.

Following an investigation and prosecution brought by the ORR, Network Rail pleaded guilty to breaching health and safety laws, and was yesterday fined £356,250 at Southampton Crown Court.

In a statement, the ORR said: “The criminal charge results from Network Rail's failure to act on substantial evidence that pedestrians using the crossing had insufficient sight of approaching trains.

“Pedestrians were therefore exposed to an increased safety risk when using the crossing.”

A Network Rail spokesperson said: “We accept the verdict of the court today and our thoughts remain with the family of Julia Canning.

“Since this incident, we have made a number of improvements at the crossing, making it safer for pedestrians, including installing whistleboards and improving sighting and the surface of the crossing, something recognised by the rail regulator.”

Network Rail was also ordered to pay costs of £19,485.

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