Survivors and relatives of the victims of the Hatfield crash are outraged by the government's decision not to hold a public inquiry. Carol Bell, vice-chair of the Safety on Trains Action Group, said she was 'stunned'.
'I would understand if they said let's not spend the money on a public inquiry, let's spend it on safety, but will they spend it on safety?' New Labour ministers fear any inquiry would examine how privatisation led to the crash, which killed four people. There is growing support for the petition backing a motion by 101 MPs calling for 'public ownership' of the railway.
Campaigners for renationalisation will be mass petitioning this Saturday. The rail unions plan to send out a petition calling for renationalisation in the run-up to the general election.
The petition backing the MPs' motion can be ordered from 020 7987 1919.
No to tube privatisation
A series of rallies opposing tube privatisation are taking place in London. They include:
Monday 29 January, 7.30pm, Hammersmith town hall, King Street, London W6. Speakers include Louise Christian, solicitor for victims of Southall and Ladbroke Grove disasters; Oliver New, president London Transport Regional Council RMT; and Chris Rodgers, chair PCS London air traffic control.
Monday 29 January, 7.30pm, Wood Green Labour Club, Stuart Crescent, London N22. Speakers include Pat Sikorski, John Robson and a Labour councillor.