ref date:20 Oct 2000 (TRA)
Rail safety a killing game
The private company that is supposed to maintain the thousands of miles
of railway infrastructure in Scotland and England, "Railtrack", has
intended to wind down the replacement of old tracks and NOT increase
it - even after so many train derailments.
The company's own figures show that the 32,000km rail
network was renewed at a rate of 515km in 1999-2000, would
increase slightly to 527km in 2000/1, and then tail-off to 437km a
year between 2001 and 2006 and dip still further to just 310km
from 2006 to 2011.
Another train derailment, the second in a week in England makes it
clear this private company needs to be shutdown and the safety of railways
restored to PUBLIC ownership, in this case at least, the lust for profits
has left safety as a secondary concern.