A memorial service has been held to mark the tenth anniversary of the Tebay disaster. Four men died when they were hit by a runaway wagon as they worked on a railway line in Cumbria.
Safety improvements have been made since the tragedy with a warning system for maintenance staff due to be rolled out later this year, but the RMT Union said measures are 'too late, too little'. Hannah McNulty reports
The Rail, Maritime and Transport Union has welcomed the introduction of a secondary warning system for rail workers but says it has come too late.
10 years is far too long. It should have been brought in immediately. We understand the finances, we understand the excuses but we've been calling for this for a decade. We welcome it now but it's still too late, too little"
Network Rail says a secondary protection system to protect track workers has been trialled and is due to be introduced in June. The company also says it's fitted a "failsafe" braking system in the type of vehicles involved in the Tebay accident and made improvements to wagons.
Nothing is more important to us than the safety of our workforce and the travelling public. All the recommendations made by the independent safety investigator into the accident have been implemented. Controls for the use on track plant equipment have been much improved and vehicles of the type that caused the Tebay accident are now fitted with a failsafe braking system. **We have also been working closely with the RMT union on engineering from scratch a secondary protection system for our track workers that has been successfully trialled in the north west of England over the last year.
The Tebay services on the southbound M6 is the only service station in the UK to get 5 stars in VisitEngland's rating scheme.
The rigorous inspection scheme of all 107 service stations in England, was undertaken over the last 12 months and revealed Tebay Services south, between J38 and J39 on the M6 in Cumbria – The Lake District as the 5 star stop.
Tebay Services, which grew out of the family farm, was the only service station in the UK to achieve this sort after accolade. Sarah Dunning CEO of Tebay services north and south said:
“We are delighted to have received the 5 star rating for Tebay south. We are also very proud of our team of staff who retain the high standards of cleanliness and presentation, as well as sharing with customers the areas which make us different, from home made food and freshly baked cakes by our in house team to the farm shop and butchers counter, the use of beef and lamb from our own farm and a family room with indoor and outdoor play.”