Archive for the 'railways' Category

Network Rail pleads guilty over Potters Bar crash – BBC News

“Network Rail has admitted breaching safety regulations over the Potters Bar train crash which claimed seven lives.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Jarvis to escape prosecution over Potters Bar crash – The Guardian

“Jarvis will escape prosecution for the fatal Potters Bar train crash after the rail regulator is understood to have dropped criminal proceedings against the maintenance firm.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Network Rail: inquiry launched into ‘misuse of public funds and illicit payments’ – Daily Telegraph

“An inquiry has been launched into allegations that Network Rail, which runs the country’s track infrastructure, has been misusing public funds and claims senior officials received illicit payments.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Regina v Buxton and others – WLR Daily

Regina v Buxton and others [2010] WLR (D) 214

“There was no reason in principle why a restraining order should not be made to protect a company or a group of persons from harassment.”

WLR Daily, 3rd December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Potters Bar train crash: Network Rail and Jarvis Rail to be prosecuted – The Guardian

“Criminal proceedings are to start against Network Rail and the maintenance firm Jarvis Rail over alleged safety failures behind the 2002 Potters Bar rail crash, in which seven people died.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

New checks call after rail death in Essex – BBC News

“A coroner has called for new safety checks after hearing how an Essex rail worker was fatally injured when a ‘poorly welded’ basket fell on to him.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rail link compensation scheme launched – The Independent

“A compensation scheme for householders affected by a planned High Speed Rail link launched today. The Government will buy homes and business properties blighted by their proximity to High-Speed 2 – the proposed multi-billion-pound route between London and Birmingham using 250mph trains.”

Full story

The Independent, 2oth August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Reforming the law on level crossings – Law Commission

“The Law Commission and Scottish Law Commission are conducting a joint review of the law relating to level crossings.”

Full press release

Law Commission, 22nd July 2010

Source: www.lawcommission.gov.uk

Tube strike on after court refuses injunction – The Independent

“A 48-hour strike by London Underground maintenance workers will go ahead tonight after the High Court refused to grant an injunction preventing the stoppage.”

Full story

The Independent, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

High Court move by Tube Lines to stop workers’ strike – BBC News

“The firm responsible for repairs to the Tube network is to seek a High Court injunction to stop a strike by maintenance workers.”

Full story

BBC News, 23rd June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

National rail strike off as court grants injunction – The Guardian

“A high court judge today (1 April) granted Network Rail a temporary injunction to block next week’s planned four-day rail strike by signal workers.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Network Rail to challenge strike ballot in high court – The Guardian

“Network Rail will today try to avert next week’s planned four-day national rail strike by challenging the strike ballot in the high court.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st April 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government delay forces rail passengers to wait for better compensation rights – Daily Telegraph

“Millions of British rail passengers will be denied the right to claim a cash refund if their train is late because of the Government’s refusal to implement new EU consumer protection laws.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Train drivers win injury payout – BBC News

“Three train drivers who claimed that an industrial injury left their hands permanently disabled have been awarded more than £22,000 in compensation.”

Full story

BBC News, 30th November 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Network Rail fined for derailment – BBC News

“Network Rail has been fined £70,000 after a train travelling at 90mph derailed in Norfolk because of a poorly maintained level crossing.”

Full story

BBC News, 16th July 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Potters Bar and Grayrigg: public inquiry into train disasters ruled out – Daily Telegraph

“A public inquiry into the 2002 Potters Bar rail crash which claimed seven lives, and the 2007 Grayrigg derailment in which an elderly passenger was killed, has been ruled out by the Government.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 19th June 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd – WLR Daily

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd [2009] UKHL 33; [2009] WLR (D) 195

“A person who, as a result of a railway accident, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder which led him to kill someone, could not, as part of his claim for damages in negligence against the train operators responsible for the accident, recover damages for loss of earnings following his detention after the killing in prison, and subsequently in hospital under ss 37 and 41 of the Mental Health Act 1983.”

WLR Daily, 18th June 2009

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and Another – Times Law Reports

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and Another

House of Lords

“A claimant who, as a result of a railway accident caused by the defendants’ negligence, suffered post-traumatic stress disorder which led him to kill someone, could not recover damages for loss of earnings following his detention, in prison and in mental hospital, after the killing.”

The Times, 19th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Southern Rail faces big fines unless number of complaints drops – The Times

“The days of suffering in silence will soon be over for rail passengers who endure rude staff, dirty trains and blocked lavatories on one of Britain’s busiest commuter franchises.”

Full story

The Times, 16th June 2009

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Jail for gang who targeted trains – BBC News

“A gang of thieves who targeted passengers on London trains has been handed lengthy jail terms.”

Full story 

BBC News, 3rd December 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hoon under fire for stalled crash inquiry – The Independent

“Families of the Potters Bar rail crash victims have criticised Geoff Hoon, the Transport Secretary, for delaying his decision over whether to grant a public inquiry into the accident.”

Full story

The Independent, 24th November 2008

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Rail damage graffiti group jailed – BBC News

“Four graffiti vandals have been jailed after admitting causing an estimated £50,000 of damage to trains and chaos to services in the South East.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th October 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Crossrail Act 2008

Crossrail Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and Another – Times Law Reports

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and Another

Court of Appeal

“A claimant, who, as a result of the defendant’s negligence, suffered depression which led him to kill someone, could recover damages for loss of earnings after he committed manslaughter so long as his claim was not inextricably linked to his criminal actions.”

The Times, 9th July 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and another – WLR Daily

Gray v Thames Trains Ltd and another [2008] EWCA Civ 713; [2008] WLR (D) 210

“A claim in negligence was not defeated by public policy unless the claim or a head of claim was inextricably bound up with or linked to the claimant’s criminal conduct. Where the depression the claimant suffered as a result of the defendant’s negligence led him to kill, he could recover damages for loss of earnings after he committed manslaughter if his claim was not inextricably connected with his criminal activity.”

WLR Daily, 26th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Train crash killer wins compensation case – The Times

“A Paddington train crash survivor who claimed he was turned into a killer by post-traumatic stress disorder stands to receive thousands in compensation after a landmark Appeal Court ruling today.”

Full story

The Times, 25th June 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Act 2008

Channel Tunnel Rail Link (Supplementary Provisions) Act 2008 published

Full text of Act (PDF)

Source: www.opsi.gov.uk

Network Rail must pay record fine – BBC News

“Network Rail must pay a record £14m fine for overrunning engineering work, despite a plea to have it set aside.”

Full story

BBC News, 9th May 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Boyfriend of Ugg boot train death woman charged – The Times

“The boyfriend of a woman killed by a 50mph train after her Ugg Boot caught in a level crossing was charged with manslaughter today.”

Full story

The Times, 4th April 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Rail firm fined £14m for holiday shambles – but chiefs get bumper bonus – The Times

“Network Rail’s directors will receive bonuses likely to be more than £100,000 each despite the £14 million fine imposed on the company yesterday for causing severe disruption to Britain’s busiest railway line.”

Full story

The Times, 29th February 2008

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Magistrates discharge student who rested feet on train seat – The Guardian

“A railway company was rebuked by magistrates yesterday as they gave a student an absolute discharge for resting her feet on a train seat.”

Full story

The Guardian, 5th September 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Student who put feet on train seat faces court – Daily Telegraph

“A student is being hauled before the courts for putting her feet up on a train seat ‘for 10 seconds’.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 4th September 2007

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Train ticket increases could breach law – The Guardian

“Rail fare increases could breach competition law if passengers are left carrying an excessive share of the cost of running the railways, the industry regulator warned yesterday.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th August 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Legal quiz on £5.5m rail platform – BBC News

“Wales’s disability rights commissioner is taking legal advice on whether the absence of a lift at a rail station’s £5.5m new platform breaks the law.”

Full story

BBC News, 19th August 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Rail firm’s legal threat to silence passenger watchdog – The Times

“Britain’s worst-performing train company tried to silence the official passenger watchdog by threatening to sue it for libel for making a complaint about its poor performance.”

Full story

The Times, 13th August 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

£2.4m punishment for massive signal failure – The Times

“Network Rail is to be fined £2.4 million for failing to complete a massive resignalling scheme on time, which resulted in long delays and severe overcrowding for thousands of passengers over several months.”

Full story 

The Times, 31st July 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Metronet may face administration – Financial Times

“Metronet Rail, the main private contractor on the London Underground, could face administration after an arbiter on Monday awarded it only a small proportion of the emergency funding it had sought for the next year.”

Full story

Financial Times, 16th July 2007

Source: www.ft.com


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