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Disruptions on the West Coast Main Line after the tracks flood and a wall collapses
The train line between Carlisle and West Cumbria that has been closed since the weekend will reopen on Wednesday. Divers were sent out on Tuesday to examine Cummersdale Viaduct after fears it was damaged by the weekend's floods. The foundations were found to be unaffected.
Lee Wasnidge from Northern rail explained to ITV Border why they felt it necessary to close the viaduct at Cummersdale in north Cumbria. The move has caused disruption to rail services between the city and west Cumbria.
The Viaduct already had scaffolding on it for routine maintenance and so that it could be painted.
Inspections will be carried out to determine if it is safe to ropen the viaduct this week.
Network Rail has confirmed services between Carlisle and Edinburgh Waverley have now resumed.
Services had been suspended because of severe flooding north of Carlisle.
Floods have caused a wall to collapse on the West Coast Mainline at Caldew Maltings, near Carlisle.
A pylon carrying overhead cables has also become unstable.
All rail services north of Carlisle are currently suspended because of flooding.
Network Rail has confirmed that services have been suspended over the River Caldew because of very high river levels.
Engineers are at the site inspecting the viaduct. Once this is complete, a decision can be made about the resumption of services.
The West Coast Mainline has been closed just north of Carlisle due to severe flooding.
All services have been suspended between Carlisle and Edinburgh Waverley.
Network Rail has been fined £4 million and ordered to pay costs of £118,052 for a breach of health and safety law which caused a train to derail near Grayrigg in 2007, causing the death of one passenger and injuring 86 people.
Today’s sentencing at Preston Crown Court marks the end of the rail regulator’s criminal prosecution against Network Rail. At Lancaster Magistrates’ Court on 29 February 2012, Network Rail pleaded guilty to one charge under section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974.
This results from 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.
Ian Prosser, Director of Railway Safety at ORR, said
“The train derailment on the West Coast Mainline near Grayrigg in Cumbria was a devastating and preventable incident which has had long-term consequences for all involved. It tragically caused the death of one passenger, Mrs Margaret Masson, and shattered the lives of others. My thoughts are with Mrs Masson’s family and all those injured and affected by this horrific incident. Under Sir David Higgins’ leadership, Network Rail is focussed on driving safety measures and I welcome the company’s progress on implementing safety recommendations made after this incident.
– Ian Prosser, Director of Railway Safety at ORR,
But the pace of carrying out improvements has, at times, been too slow and the rail regulator has had to repeatedly push the company to bring about change.
Britain’s railways are safe and are one of the safest in Europe. But there is absolutely no room for complacency. Where failings are found those at fault will be held to account and the entire rail industry must continue to strive for improvements to ensure that public safety is never put at a similar risk again.”
South Lakes MP Tim Farron has welcomed news that the Network Rail have been fined £4 million for breaching the Health & Safety at Work Act over the Cumbrian rail crash at Grayrigg in which one passenger died. Commenting today, Tim said:
– Tim Farron MP
"I welcome the news that Network Rail have pleaded guilty and have been fined £4 million. For too long people have not been held accountable for their actions and have hidden behind Network Rail as a faceless company. The fact that 700 points related incidents were identified around the UK following the Grayrigg crash proves that a full public inquiry is still much needed. I hope that today's news is another step closer to offering the family of Margaret Masson the closure they deserve. We must never forget the tragedy of Grayrigg and it is important that the company are held to account. "
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.
A judge at Preston Crown court has fined Network Rail £4m for the Grayrigg rail accident which killed one person and injured nearly 90 others