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MP calls on government to set up public inquiry on Grayrigg

November 10, 2011 11:53 AM

Tim at the site of the Grayrigg rail crash in February 2007In response to last week's verdict in the Inquest into the Grayrigg tragedy of February 2007, Cumbrian MP Tim Farron has used Transport Questions to call on the government to set up a nationwide enquiry into points related failures across the network to ensure a tragedy like Grayrigg is not repeated.

The Inquest into the tragedy blamed faulty points for the accident that killed 84 year old Margaret Masson and also noted that there were 700 additional points failures in February 2007 alone along the line from Motherwell to Crewe.

In light of this revelation, Tim also used his question to call on the government not to deregulate Network Rail to ensure that safety remains the number one priority.

Commenting after question time Tim said: "The death of Margaret Masson is a tragedy and the verdict of the Inquest last week will hopefully have given her family some much needed closure. It is vital that the Government learns the lessons from this accident and acts immediately to ensure the safety of our railways.

"The fact that 700 points-related incidents were identified along just one stretch of the UK's railways following the Grayrigg crash proves that a full nationwide inquiry is still needed to ensure that our railways are truly safe and to prevent another disaster like Grayrigg. The Grayrigg Inquest must also lead to the government resolving to ensure continued regulation of network rail."