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Jarvis gives crash course in training

Issue No. 1804

THE COMPANY Jarvis, which was responsible for track maintenance in the area of the Potters Bar rail crash, had a sharp increase in profits just before the crash. The firm raked in £45.8 million for the last financial year.

That is a massive jump from the £24.8 million it made the year before. Jarvis has made its millions by cutting back on safety, and through the blood of the Potters Bar crash victims. It has continually tried to deflect blame for the crash by planting stories of 'sabotage'.

The company even failed to replace the piece of track that caused the Hatfield rail crash the year before. Jarvis was exposed again this week over health and safety when an undercover reporter got work after only six hours training from the company. The reporter said he witnessed workers doing 20- hour days, and saw rotting sleepers and bare cables.

Survivor speaks up

THE AUTHOR Nina Bawden, a lifelong Labour supporter and Potters Bar crash survivor, blasted rail privatisation last week. She said on Radio 4 this week that Jarvis's claims of sabotage being behind the crash were 'a load of old rubbish'.

'Of course it's poor maintenance, poor standards and cutting corners. I would like to see the railways nationalised and brought back in a decent, proper way.'

Cash in

THE PROFITS made by rail companies are equal to two thirds of the annual subsidy they are given by the New Labour government. In other words, public money is being used to shore up the rail firms. It goes straight into the pockets of the rail fat cats instead of being spent on the service.

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Sat 15 Jun 2002, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 1804
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