Up the junction
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?