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HSE prosecute Network Rail and Amey Rail

HSE InfoLine : 04 November, 2005  (New Product)
The Health and Safety Executive announced today that it will prosecute Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd and Amey Rail Ltd in connection with the partial derailment of a high-speed train near Southall station, West London in November 2002.
The Health and Safety Executive announced today that it will prosecute Network Rail Infrastructure Ltd and Amey Rail Ltd in connection with the partial derailment of a high-speed train near Southall station, West London in November 2002.

Both Network Rail and Amey each face a criminal charge for a breach of Section 3(1) of the Health and Safety at Work etc Act 1974. HSE allege that by failing to adequately install or maintain the railway line, the companies exposed people to unacceptable risks.

At around 20.05 on Sunday 24 November 2002 the leading bogie of the fifth coach of a First Great Western, Swansea to London express derailed East of Southall station. It travelled a further two miles before coming to a halt just before West Ealing station. At the time of the derailment the train was carrying 450 passengers and travelling at approximately 120 mph. All carriages remained upright and no passengers or staff were injured as an immediate result of the incident.

The preliminary date for the first hearing in the City of London Magistrates' Court is 8 December 2005, at 10.30am.
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