UK Government agency to blame for train driver injuries

You’d never know from this report with its sneaky wee inaccurate reference to the land being owned by the Scottish Government, that Network Rail is responsible for the infrastructure of all of the UK’s railway lines, employs the remaining inspectors after cut-backs and that it is responsible to the UK Transport Minister, Grant Shapps. Transport Scotland which reports to the Scottish Government is only responsible for the services on those lines.

If, as they say, Network Rail was unable to identify the owner of the land on which the tree grew, that remains entirely their responsibility.

There’s a very curious quote near the end:

It said Transport Scotland had instructed the company which operates the trunk road network on its behalf to inspect the area and “do what is necessary to make the land safe.”

A Network Rail spokesman said: “We work closely with landowners along our railway to identify and remove dangerous trees and have a £25m five-year vegetation management programme aimed at reducing incidents such as this one.

“Following this accident, we carried out extensive works to remove third-party trees at this location and other points on the line.”

https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-tayside-central-58474236?at_campaign=64&at_custom2=twitter&at_medium=custom7&at_custom1=%5Bpost+type%5D&at_custom4=28CE27FA-0FF3-11EC-B045-F05316F31EAE&at_custom3=%40BBCScotlandNews

So, ‘Transport Scotland had instructed the company which operates the trunk road network on its behalf to inspect the area and do what is necessary to make the land safe.‘ should read:

Transport Scotland had instructed Network Rail which operates the trunk road network on its behalf to inspect the area and do what is necessary to make the land safe.‘ and, recognising that they are responsible, did, if too late?

So, ‘UK Government agency to blame for driver injuries!

3 thoughts on “UK Government agency to blame for train driver injuries

  1. The updated “Dreyfus Defence”.

    “If you are Scottish, prove your innocence”. ……..
    or…….”Guilty as charged, me Lud. Send home the rigged jcolonial media jury”!

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  2. Are you sure you’re not mixing up road and rail John ?
    Transport Scotland instructed their “trunk road network” contractor, Bear Scotland, to inspect and remedy.
    Nevertheless, responsibility for safeguarding and maintaining the tracks and wayleave remains with Network Rail.

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  3. ‘Third party trees’, that’s a new one! I’m guessing Network rail are liable for compensation for the families of those injured or killed due to their derelection of duty in ensuring all railways are safe, including in Scotland? I vaguely recall reading that there were concerns about the part of the line where the disaster happened, but were ignored?

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