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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.