The fallout from the February 2007 Grayrigg train disaster reaches the courts this week. The Office of Rail Regulation’s case against Network Rail opens on Wednesday at Preston law courts.
One passenger was killed and 30 seriously injured when an express train from London to Glasgow was derailed just south of Grayrigg in Cumbria.
An investigation concluded the derailment had been due to a faulty set of points. An inspection that could have detected the fault had been scheduled for five days earlier but did not take place.
The RMT train workers’ union has called a protest against rail privatisation and government plans to cut even more railway infrastructure jobs. It starts at 9.30am outside the courthouse.