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Accidents on Britain's railways

Accidents on Britain's railways

Heavily worn rail blamed for train coming off tracks

CONCERNS have been raised about Network Rail's inspection and maintenance regime after a "heavily worn" stretch of track near Edinburgh's Waverley station was blamed for a derailment that caused two days of disruption for commuters.

Main line closed after train tragedy

A SECTION of track on a busy rail route was closed yesterday after a train hit and killed a person on the line.

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Network Rail fined £3m for Potter's Bar crash

Rail infrastructure company Network Rail (NR) was fined £3 million today for safety failings over the 2002 Potters Bar train crash which claimed seven lives.

Derailment sparks fresh level crossing safety fears

Concern has been raised over rail safety after a derailment at a level crossing left 21 people including the train driver injured, one seriously.

Passenger warned of train 'lurch' prior to fatal crash

A WORRIED passenger was trying to raise the alarm in the hours before seven people died when a train derailed, an inquest heard yesterday.

Camera crackdown in bid to cut rail crossing collisions

CAMERAS will be routinely deployed against drivers who run red lights at level crossings in Scotland from today, in the first move of its kind in Britain.

Rail union attacks landslide safety record

THE leader of Britain's rail union yesterday challenged Network Rail's landslide safety record as a major operation began to remove two stranded carriages from a blocked line.

Mission impossible to rescue derailed train

THE main road and rail routes to Oban from central Scotland are expected to remain closed until next week pending a "unique" operation to recover the train derailed by Sunday's rockfall.

Train driver tells of rocks on line before crash

THE driver of a derailed train that was saved by trees from plunging 50ft down an embankment said yesterday he had spotted "two huge rocks" on the track in front of him.

Driver of derailed train spotted rocks on track prior to impact

THE driver of a Highland-bound passenger train which crashed and derailed today spoke of seeing "two huge rocks" lying on the track.

Fireball rail crash due to lax bridge inspection

THE failure to spot serious corrosion of a railway bridge caused its collapse and a fuel train to crash in darkness and burst into flames, investigators have found.

Bridge corrosion caused Stewarton freight train crash, report reveals

LONG-term damage to a railway bridge was to blame for last year's Stewarton rail crash, when a freight train laden with fuel derailed and burst into flames, a report found today.

800 accidents or near-misses at level crossings

THE Scottish Government is seeking ways to improve safety at unmanned level crossings following a series of accidents involving cars and trains.

Passenger hurt as train derails

AN INVESTIGATION is under way after a passenger train was derailed as it approached a Highland station.

Police drive home dangers of jumping level crossings

A DRIVER was charged with failing to stop at a level crossing yesterday as police launched a new crackdown on safety.

Plea for barriers as train hits van on crossing

A FRESH plea for safety barriers to be installed at level crossings was made yesterday after a man was injured when a train crashed into a van.

Transport Minister to meet rail bosses over safety of level crossings

TRANSPORT Minister Stewart Stevenson will hold talks with railway bosses about possible safety improvements to level crossings, such as at the one where three people were recently killed, it was disclosed today.

Investigation begins at scene of Caithness rail crossing crash

RAIL investigators were today examining the scene where three elderly people died when a train smashed into their car on a rural crossing.

Three killed in train collision at Caithness level crossing

THREE people have been killed after a collision at a level crossing in the Highlands.

Race on to restore rail power after plane crash

ENGINEERS are spending the weekend working to restore power to the West Coast Main Line following a fatal air crash.

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