– George Masson, whose mother was killed in the crash
Why give him a knighthood? He shouldn't be getting a knighthood, it should be taken off him. He must have known what was going on with the corners they were cutting, and he was the top man who should have known what was going on.
Ryan Dollard has been at Lancaster Magistrates.
"My heart has deteriorated so much since all this, the stress and anxiety. Tears welled up when I was sat in court, just the mention of my mum. I'm happy this will come to an end now, it's took five long years."
– GEORGE MASSON, SON OF MARGARET MASSON
George Masson, 62, the son of Margaret Masson, who had travelled from Scotland for the hearing, said: "I knew from day one they would be guilty. I'm relieved they have admitted it, but sad they could not apologise face to face, not just through the media."
The Grayrigg derailment in 2007, resulting in the tragic death of Mrs Masson, was a terrible event.
Within hours of the event it was clear that we were responsible, that the infrastructure was at fault, so it is right that we plead guilty.
– Network Rail chief executive David Higgins
We again apologise to Mrs Masson's family for the undoubted grief this has caused them.
The firm's lawyers appeared at Lancaster Magistrates' Court for breaching health and safety law, following criminal proceedings started by the Office of Rail Regulation.
Network Rail, which is responsible for track maintenance, is facing a charge under the Health and Safety at Work Act.
Stretcher bars holding the moveable rails a set distance apart when the points are operated failed, causing the train to derail.
Network Rail (NR) is facing an unlimited fine after its lawyers said they would plead guilty to health and safety breaches leading up to the fatal train crash in Greyrigg in Cumbria.
5 years after the Grayrigg train crash criminal proceedings begin today in Lancaster.On the 23rd of February 2007 Margaret Masson, 84, was killed and 88 others injured when faulty points caused the London Euston to Glasgow service to derail throwing all eight carriages down an embankment.