A man whose wife and seven-year-old grandson died on a tram crossing in Nottinghamshire has today given evidence at a hearing in front of MPs on the Transport Select Committee.
Laurence Hoggart’s wife Jean, 56, and grandson Michael Dawson died on the pedestrian crossing in Bestwood Village in November 2008. Today, Mr Hoggart spoke of his anger at Network Rail, saying they 'were not interested'.
In a statement read on his behalf, he said: "This has devastated my life and my family's life. Jean was the backbone of my family and it has broken my heart.
"I think that Network Rail have treated me badly. They wrote just one letter of apology, my solicitors discovered that the crossing was seen to be unsafe by Railtrack in 2000 and their advisers said a bridge should be built."
"That was eight years before they died, nothing was done. They did not care, they were only interested in making money."
"I think this greed is criminal and I have sued them for compensation and right up until the week before the case was due they stood against me, saying that Jean was 10% or 20% to blame."
Rail safety expert Peter Rayner told the panel that the arrangement at Bestwood was "fundamentally flawed" and resulted in "almost an impossible crossing".
He added that he believed there were "commercial considerations compromising safety".
Network Rail will give evidence next week to the inquiry.
A man whose wife and grandson were killed after being hit by a train is to speak in Parliament about rail safety.
Jean Hoggart, and seven-year-old Mikey Dawson, died at a level crossing at Bestwood Village, Nottinghamshire, in 2008. Later today Laurence Hoggart will give evidence before the Transport Committee.
The evidence being given today is all part of an inquiry into level crossing deaths.
A man whose wife and grandson were killed at a level crossing in Nottinghamshire will face MPs tomorrow to speak about safety.
Laurence Hoggart will give evidence to the Transport Committee after losing his wife Jean and seven-year-old Mikey Dawson in November 2008.
A bridge has now been built at the spot following a campaign by the family of teenager Lindsay Inger, who was killed at the same spot last year.
He told ITV News Central he would like to see footbridges built at every level crossing in the UK to prevent further tragedies in future.
The stepmother of a teenage girl killed at a tram crossing in Nottinghamshire has welcomed the official opening of a new footbridge across the rail lines.
Lindsay Inger, aged 13, was killed after being hit by a tram at the Moor Bridge crossing in November.
Marlene Starlang told ITV News Central said it had been an "emotional day" and said while it was difficult returning to the spot, it was a "huge relief" that nobody else would have to suffer a similar loss in future.
Campaigners have gathered for the official opening of a footbridge built over a rail crossing after a teenage girl was killed at the danger spot.
The families of other victims killed at level crossings have been invited to the event.
The bridge was built after a campaign by the friends and family of 13-year-old Lindsay Inger, who was killed when she was hit by a tram at the crossing in November last year.
A footbridge over a rail and tram crossing in Nottinghamshire has been officially opened today.
The new bridge, at the Moor Bridge crossing, was built following a campaign by the family of 13-year-old Lindsay Inger, who was killed when she was hit by a tram at the spot.
Earlier this year, it emerged rail experts had warned Network Rail about the dangers posed by the layout of the crossing 14 months before she died.
A footbridge has been built over a tram crossing in Nottinghamshire where a teenager died after a campaign by her friends and family.
Thirteen-year-old, Lindsay Inger, was hit by a tram at the Moor Bridge crossing last November. It will be officially opened next month.
Nottingham City Council is going to contribute £100,000 towards a tram bridge at a crossing on Hucknall Road in the city where 13-year-old Lindsey Inger died in May this year.
Lindsey was one of five people who have lost their lives at the crossing in the past four years.
Notts County Council and Tramlink are also expected to contribute towards the bridge at the crossing in Bestwood.
Plans are on display for a footbridge to replace a railway crossing which remains closed after 13-year-old Lindsey Inger was killed.
Network Rail say they are committed to restoring the route as soon as possible for people who live nearby.
Floral tributes remain at the railway and tram crossing in Bestwood Village, Nottingham, where a teenager was killed last November.
Lindsey Inger, who was 13, was the latest of four people to die at the site in just five years.
Today, plans will be unveiled for a new footbridge to replace the crossing which remains closed amid safety fears.
Network Rail say they are committed to restoring the route as soon as possible for people who live nearby. An exhibition highlighting the plans opens at 15:00 at St. Mark's Church in Bestwood Village.