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Network Rail faces unlimited fine over the Grayrigg derailment.

Scene of the Grayrigg derailment in Cumbria in 2007 Credit: ITV Border

Network Rail will sentenced for the Grayrigg derailment, which killed one person and injured 86 others. The company, which is responsible for safe upkeep of railways, faces 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.

Network Rail will plead guilty to a string of health and safety breaches. The sentencing will take place at Preston Crown Court.

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MP Tim Farron: "Public inquiry will save lives."

There's been a renewed call for a public inquiry into the Grayrigg train crash.

Yesterday Network Rail said they will plead guilty to health and safety offences.

Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron says victims and their families still need more answers. Samantha Parker reports.

"We know that the Grayrigg crash was caused by points failure, we also know there have been others of hundreds near misses and the job now is to make sure we find out why there are those near misses and how they can be avoided in the future. If that saves lives then it is worth every penny."

– Tim Farron MP, Westmorland and Lonsdale


BREAKING NEWS: Grayrigg guilty plea

George Masson, son of Margaret Masson Credit: ITV Border

Network Rail says it will plead guilty to a series of health and safety offences following the fatal Grayrigg train crash in 2007.

Passenger Margaret Masson died and 86 others were injured when a Virgin Pendolino was de-railed in Cumbria.

The company will be sentenced next month.

Today Margaret Masson's son, George, said that his family had been through hell for the last five years.

Network rail charged under the health and safety at work act following Grayrigg tragedy

The court case begins today. It's because of the company's failure to provide and implement suitable and sufficient standards, procedures, guidance, training, tools and resources for the inspection and maintenance of fixed stretcher-bar points.

The rail regulators prosecution follows the conclusion of its investigation into the derailment of the Virgin Pendolino passenger train, and the completion of the coroner's inquest into the death of Mrs Masson.

On 23 February 2007, the 17.15 Virgin Trains service from London Euston to Glasgow Central derailed on the West Coast Mainline near Grayrigg in Cumbria. 109 passengers were on board. One passenger, Mrs Margaret Masson, was killed. 86 people were injured, 28 seriously.

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