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Inquest into death of teenager hit by tram due to start

13-year-old Lindsey Inger was hit by a tram at a level crossing in Nottinghamshire Credit: Family photo

An inquest is due to start today into the death of 13-year-old Lindsey Inger who was hit by a tram at a level crossing in Hucknall in Nottinghamshire in 2012.

A footbridge has since been opened at the Moor Bridge site where Lindsey died to prevent further deaths.

The inquest is due to last four days.

The new footbridge at Moor Bridge Crossing in Nottinghamshire Credit: ITV News Central

Time-lapse footage of new Nottingham tram bridge

Time-lapse footage, which shows the progress of Nottingham’s new tram bridge being put in place over the A52 near the Queen’s Medical Centre, has been released by marketing company Inside Out Timelapse Productions.

The film shows the 1,000-tonne bridge being put in place ready to form part of the city’s new tram lines.

Part of the A52 was closed in September as what Timelapse Productions called “a fantastic feat of engineering" took place, with the steel bowstring structure being jacked up and moved overnight.

The £570 million extension is due to be completed by the end of the year.

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Grandfather speaks of anger at Network Rail

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.

Nottingham man to give evidence at level crossing death inquiry

A man whose wife and grandson were killed after being hit by a train is to speak in Parliament about rail safety.

Laurence Hoggart visits the crossing in Nottinghamshire Credit: ITV News Central

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.

Grieving husband to face MPs on level crossing safety

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.

Stepmother of tragic teen welcomes new footbridge

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.

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Campaigners gather for opening of new footbridge

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.

Campaigners worked to get the bridge built at the danger spot Credit: ITV News Central

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.

The new footbridge at Moor Bridge Crossing in Nottinghamshire Credit: ITV News Central

Official opening of footbridge at 'danger' crossing

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.

Lindsay Inger, aged 13, who died after being hit by a tram last November Credit: Family handout

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.

CENTRO: Hope tram extension will bring more investment

Geoff Inskip, Chief Executive of Centro, helped to reveal one of the new trams that will be on the line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton next year.

They will replace the existing trams on the Midland Metro which is currently undergoing a multi-million pound upgrade. Transport bosses hope the new trams will encourage further development of the network around the West Midland.

Flash new tram unveiled for Midland Metro - full report

The multi-million pound upgrade of the Midland Metro tram network saw the arrival of its first new tram earlier today.

The first of 20 trams was shown to the public after travelling to Wednesbury from a factory in northern Spain.

The new fleet are part of a £40 million investment into the line between Birmingham and Wolverhampton, and will start running from early next year.

The old trams will be phased out as work to complete the line extension to Birmingham New Street station nears completion in 2015.

Transport bosses hope the new trams will encourage further extensions to the network around the region. Chris Halpin reports.

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