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Network Rail cuts shows lessons from Grayrigg still not learnt says Farron

January 18, 2010 12:00 AM

Network Rail's decision to announce the loss of over one thousand frontline maintenance jobs is proof that the lessons of the Grayrigg rail accident "still haven't been learnt" according to MP Tim Farron.

According to reports, the jobs of up to 1500 workers responsible for inspecting and repairing the track, signals and overhead lines could be lost as part of an efficiency drive by Network Rail.

As we approach the third anniversary of the Grayrigg tragedy, Mr Farron has expressed his concern about Network Rail's ability to ensure safety in its programme of works. Tim has also reiterated his call for a public inquiry to be held into the 2007 accident.

Commenting Mr Farron said:

"Almost three years on from the Grayrigg accident and the decision to cut over one thousand frontline maintenance jobs shows that the lessons of Grayrigg still haven't been learnt.

"This decision makes it much harder for us to have confidence in the safety of railway points. The Grayrigg tragedy was caused by a points failure, as was the Potters Bar tragedy and countless other near misses which thankfully did not lead to an accident."

"We can't afford any compromise to safety in maintenance of the railways, so I am extremely disappointed by Network Rail's decision as well as the continued failure to hold a full public inquiry into the Grayrigg tragedy."