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£4m Grayrigg crash fine

Network Rail was has been fined £4 million for health and safety breaches which caused the fatal Grayrigg train derailment in February 2007.

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Judge: Fine cannot account for life lost

The Judge in the Grayrigg case said that "both individual and systemic" failures led to the derailment, and emphasised that Network Rail should have learned lessons from an earlier derailment at Potters' Bar in 2002. Mrs Justice Swift DBE said:

I am acutely conscious that no fine, however large, can put a value on the life lost as a result of the Grayrigg derailment or the pain and suffering of those who were injured on that day. That is not its purpose. The fine is imposed in order to mark the seriousness of the offence and to emphasise the fact that those who bear the responsibility...must exercise proper care.

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