Up the junc­tion

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Your Views -

Train op­er­a­tors carry a huge re­spon­si­bil­ity not least in en­sur­ing that pas­sen­gers get to and from their loved ones safe and sound. The in­ci­dent which hap­pened at the Flet­ton junc­tion on the East Coast main­line in­volv­ing a Vir­gin Trains East Coast will have come as a shock to many com­muters. Four peo­ple were hurt when a train sped through the junc­tion at twice the speed limit. An of­fi­cial re­port has warned the con­se­quences could have been much more se­ri­ous with the pos­si­bil­ity of a de­rail­ment or the train over­turn­ing. The train driver’s per­for­mance was af­fected by “fam­i­lyre­lated dis­trac­tion and fa­tigue’’, says the re­port. It is then en­tirely ap­pro­pri­ate for the pub­lic to know what ac­tion, if any, has been taken against the driver. Was he dis­ci­plined? Given help and ad­vice? Re­trained? Awarded em­ployee of the month? Vir­gin Trains re­fused to com­ment on the driver. It says safety is its top pri­or­ity. But where does open­ness come on its list of pri­or­i­ties?

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