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01/05/01
Cullen Pinpoints Ladbroke Grove Failures
- Crash report part one highlights safety problems

IN HIS much anticipated report, Lord Cullen today cites the individual instances of safety mis-management that he believes were the main causes of the 1999 Ladbroke Road rail crash in which 31 people died.

The three immediate causes of the crash mentioned by Cullen are driver error, poor sight lines to a crucial signal and lack of suitable driver training.

In October 1999, driver Michael Hodder passed through a signal on red and crashed his train into one coming the other way. The signal in question, signal 109, had been reported to rail managers by drivers and safety officers prior to the crash but no effective action had been taken in time.

The fact Cullen pinpoints a number of specific failures, rather than systemic breakdown, is being read in some quarters as a qualified endorsement of privatisation, a conclusion which could have huge implications for the ongoing row over the future of London's Tube network.

But today's report is only one half of Cullen's work. The respected judge is also working on a second report, this time on safety across the whole rail industry




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