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.
Patrols are being stepped up on train tracks in the Midlands to stop young people from trespassing during the half-term break.
According to Network Rail, some of the worst areas are between Birmingham and Coventry.
ITV News has learned that Network Rail was warned someone could die at a level crossing in Nottingham months before a teenage girl was killed there.
13-year-old Lindsey Inger died at the crossing on Hucknall Road 15 months after two highly respected engineers warned Network Rail about its layout.
Network Rail has staged a series of events across the Central region to highlight the dangers of mis-using level crossings. Over the last year nine people were killed and more than 450 people were involved in a near-miss at crossings in Britain. Watch Phil Brewster's report.
Network Rail has been fined £450,000 for breaching health and safety rules which led to the death of a woman at a level-crossing in Herefordshire.
A signalman was also fined for his role in the accident which killed Jane Harding. Today a judge said the incident was entirely preventable. Charlotte Grant reports.
Plans for a new footbridge across a railway line which cuts through the centre of Lincoln have been approved.
Network Rail is installing the bridge on Brayford Wharf East, meaning shoppers will no longer be held up by trains.
Plans for a new footbridge over a level crossing where a 13-year-old was killed have been submitted by Network Rail.
An open day is being held at St Marks Church today in Bestwood, so people can see the proposal and talk to Network Rail staff.
The latest victim was 13-year-old Lindsey Inger who was hit by a tram last November.
A man from Birmingham, who stole cable and caused delays to thousands of passengers, including Great Britain's Olympic football team has been jailed for 18 months.
George Bogden Ilie, 20, targeted the East Coast mainline near to Great Ponton in Grantham on Tuesday 17th July.
On Wednesday 6th March 2013, Birmingham Crown Court heard that Ilie cut through signalling cable in an attempt to steal it, bringing the line and thousands of passengers travelling on it to a standstill.
Ilie didn't manage to get away with any cable, but his attempts resulted in several hours of delays and it cost Network Rail over £139,000.
Network Rail has called the government's announcement of the HS2 extension a "game-changer" for Britain's railway network. Chief executive David Higgins said:
Unprecedented growth in the last ten years has seen passenger journeys grow by 50 per cent to almost 1.5bn a year and that number is set to continue to grow. More people use the railways today than at any time since the Second World War, on a network half the size it was then ...
This is a rare chance to stop playing catch-up on capacity.
He added that Network Rail was already planning to ensure that HS2 would integrate with the existing network with as little disruption as possible.
Network Rail has announced major plans to upgrade the network across the East Midlands. From 2014 millions of pounds are to be spent on rail infrastructure including electrification of the Midland Main Line between London and Derbyshire.
The aim is to improve the reliability and frequency of the trains. But some commuters are worried they'll end up footing the bill.