THE HEALTH and Safety Executive (HSE) published its first interim report into the Paddington rail crash last week. The report found that signal 109 was obscured by overhead cables and gantries, making it hard for the driver to see the signal. The HSE report made it clear that the driver of the Thames train was not to blame for the crash.
Railtrack was slammed when it was revealed that the company has appealed against safety orders issued by the HSE after the Paddington crash. Railtrack is contesting two 'improvement orders' concerning signals that have been passed at red and a directive which prevents it from using the notorious signal 109. The company says that it objects to the implication that it committed a criminal offence by breaching its statutory duties to the public.