Network Rail have been fined £4m and ordered to pay £118,052 for the Grayrigg derailment, which killed one person and injured 86 others. The company, which is responsible for safe upkeep of railways, faced an unlimited fine for catalogue of safety failures in the lead-up to the crash in Cumbria in 2007.
Margaret Masson, 84, from Glasgow, died from multiple injuries after the Virgin Pendolino London to Glasgow express train crashed on the West Coast Main line near Kendal. The 300-tonne train derailed at 95mph when it hit a faulty set of points.
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed news that Network Rail have been fined £4 million for breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act over the Cumbrian rail crash. Commenting Tim said:
The Office of Rail regulation said the sentencing marks the end of the rail regulators criminal prosecution against Network rail. In a statement they said:
Last year, an inquest in Kendal found poorly maintained points were to blame for causing Mrs Masson's death. The train went over a "degraded" set of points at 92mph and careered down an embankment, leaving 88 people injured.
The Inquest also noted that there were 700 additional points failures in February 2007 alone along the line from Motherwell toCrewe.
Last month Network Rail was fined £1 million for safety breaches after the 2005 deaths of two schoolgirls at a level crossing in Essex and paid a £3 million fine last year for the Potters Bar disaster in 2002 which left seven dead.
There have been protests outside Preston Crown Court by the RMT today.
Network Rail pleaded guilty to a string of health and safety breaches. Below Helen Ford explains the events leading up to Network rail's prosecution.