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Statement from the Chief Executive [[Ladbroke Grove accident]]


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Statement from the Chief Executive [[Ladbroke Grove accident]]
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date
18 September 2000
source Railtrack plc
type Statement



Like everyone else in the railway industry affected by the tragic accident at Ladbroke, I am pleased that this public inquiry has been able to start so quickly. I, as much as anyone, want to understand what happened on 5 October 1999 and do all that is reasonably practicable to make sure that it never happens again.

I can assure you that all the railway companies are committed to ensuring that train travel remains the safest form of land transport and to restoring public confidence in a very safe system.

Since Ladbroke Grove we have not sat back and waited before putting some early lessons learned into practice.

We are already committed to implementing the highly regarded train protection and warning system that helps stops trains that might otherwise pass a signal at danger. We are aiming to do this by the end of 2002, which is faster than statutory regulations made only last summer require.

Looking further ahead , a more sophisticated signalling system will be installed on all new routes such as the Channel Tunnel Rail Link and to the entire West Coast Main Line as part of the £5.8 billion upgrade.

I am pleased to say that we have already set up the National Safety Task Force to co-ordinate safety across all railway groups, as well as a system to allow all front-line staff to confidentially report any safety concerns (CIRAS). We are also putting in additional preventative and mitigation measures where possible, at a large number of multi-spad signals, following discussions with HMRI.

We know that there is more to be done and Railtrack will play a full part in this inquiry to help everyone understand the events that led up to the crash and learn lessons. We owe that to the victims and the families of those who died as well as all our employees who are determined that rail should continue to be highly regarded as a safe form of transport.

Gerald Corbett
Chief Executive
Railtrack Plc


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