Five Years On, The Same Problem

After the Potters Bar Rail Crash, all rail maintenance was brought in house to Network Rail because of apparent poor maintenance by the outside contractors – and yet five years on, and the interim report into the Cumbria Crash again blames poorly maintained points, with again the same catalogue of missing parts causing the points to fail, and yet Network Rail had already said that there were no outstanding problems with the points recorded in their system, and that the track was checked on schedule. It just beggars belief that after the Potters Bar Rail Crash anybody working on track maintenance could think it is acceptable to either fail to properly check the track, or leave fundamental faults with the equipment on a high-speed line.

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