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On 5th anniversary of the Grayrigg train crash - MP looks to Wednesdays court case as start of final chapter

February 23, 2012 4:49 PM

Tim at the site of the Grayrigg rail crash in February 2007Speaking on today's 5th anniversary of the Grayrigg train crash South Lakes MP Tim Farron says he hopes that the upcoming court case that will be bring justice for the Masson family and that the final chapter will be written in this sad and long running saga.

Margaret Masson, 84, fromGlasgow, died after the Virgin train derailed on the West Coast Main Line in February 2007. In November last year, an inquest in Kendal found poorly maintained points were to blame for causing her death. The train went over a "degraded" set of points at 92mph and careered down an embankment, leaving 88 people injured.

The Inquest also noted that there were 700 additional points failures in February 2007 alone along the line from Motherwell toCrewe.

The first hearing is due to take place at Lancaster Magistrates' Court on 29 February 2012 with Network Railing facing health and safety charges.

Tim said: "I hope that the case will help the community of Grayrigg and the family of Margaret Masson get the justice they deserve. They have been waiting a long time. I have been fighting with them for years and seeing the case going to court next week I hope that this will start the final chapter in the story. I also want Network Rail learn the lessons and make sure this never happens again."