Dear Chief Secretary to the Treasury,
I'm afraid to tell you there's no money left.
Signed, Liam Byrne

(Outgoing Labour Chief Secretary to the Treasury. May 2010)

Saturday, 27 March 2010

Rail safety.

The RMT claims that saving money will risk safety.

Will that be the same sort of safety as caused the Potters Bar rail crash?

Is that the same sort of safety that let a car get on the line in front of a train in January this year - killing the driver? As RAIB says
The RAIB’s preliminary examination indicates that the level crossing barriers were raised as the train was approaching the crossing. There is no evidence that the actions of the motorists or the driving of the train contributed to the accident.
How about this sort of safety, maintenance safety from February 2010, relating to a "high speed derailment of one pair of wheels on train 1F45, the 14:55 hrs service from St Pancras to Sheffield, at about 15:46 hrs on 20 February 2010." when
Train services between the East Midlands and London continue to be disrupted after a train derailed in Leicestershire.

Up to 200 passengers were forced to leave the 1455 GMT London St Pancras to Sheffield service near Kibworth on Saturday evening.
'Nuff said.

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