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    RAIL CRASH REPORT

    Track maintenance failures contributed Cumbrian crash

    The Rail Accident Investigation Branch has published a report into the Grayrigg train crash in February 2007 in which one person died and 82 people were hurt when a Virgin West Coast Pendolino train derailed at 95mph near Grayrigg. The report makes 29 recommendations and concludes that the rail infrastructure company Network Rail (NR) incorrectly set up points that failed and were the ultimate cause of the derailment.

    The report sates that NR had an “incomplete understanding” of the design, maintenance and inspection of the stretcher bars used in the points” and failed to carry out a planned track inspection of the points five days before the fatal crash. The immediate cause of the derailment was the deterioration of the points through a combination of failures. The Department for Transport has declared the rail network is safe but is currently considering what further action is required now the report has been published. 

    The NR chief executive Iain Coucher said: “The tragedy at Grayrigg was caused by the failure of our infrastructure, something we were devastated to discover. Following a comprehensive and detailed industry investigation we made immediate changes to our maintenance regime.”

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