Rail (UK)

Net­work Rail fined £10,000 over Lam­ing­ton fail­ures

- Network Rail Route 18

Scot­land’s Crown Of­fice and Procu­ra­tor Fis­cal Ser­vice has pros­e­cuted Net­work Rail for al­low­ing trains to travel at more than 100mph over the stor­m­dam­aged Lam­ing­ton Viaduct in 2015.

NR al­lowed sev­eral trains to cross the struc­ture be­fore re­al­is­ing it had been dam­aged, and even­tu­ally closed it for seven weeks for re­pairs. The in­fra­struc­ture man­ager was fined £10,000 after plead­ing guilty to an of­fence un­der health and safety law.

HM Chief In­spec­tor of Rail­ways Ian Prosser said: “We wel­come this out­come by the Crown Of­fice. Our in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed that Net­work Rail staff were un­aware that they held safety-crit­i­cal du­ties un­der Net­work Rail’s pro­cesses to man­age in­fra­struc­ture dur­ing ex­treme weather.

“The viaduct was on Net­work Rail’s list of high-risk struc­tures vul­ner­a­ble to be­ing washed away by mov­ing wa­ter. Yet de­spite this be­ing a known is­sue, se­vere dam­age went un­recog­nised be­cause Net­work Rail failed to im­ple­ment its own pro­ce­dures which would have meant no pas­sen­ger trains should have passed over the viaduct.

“This ver­dict should be a re­minder to Net­work Rail, as it pro­gresses plans led by its two new task forces, that it must con­tinue to ac­knowl­edge and act to guard against the se­ri­ous im­pact of se­vere weather on in­fra­struc­ture.”

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