United Kingdom: Level crossing safety champion awarded MBE in birthday honours

18 Jun

LXinfoImage1254-Tina HughesTina Hughes who has shown tenacity to get to the truth surrounding the death of her daughter Olivia and her daughters friend Charlotte has already changed the way that Network Rail thinks about the risks associated with level crossing. Now, Ms Hughes has been awarded the MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in the Queen’s birthday honours to publicly recognise the role that she has played and continues to play in improving safety at level crossings in Great Britain.

Mss Hughes has said: “It’s such an honour. It’s because I do work with Network Rail to change attitudes and improve safety on level crossings. The change that has come across is phenomenal. And the passion people are showing is lovely.

“It’s poignant. None of this would have happened if Olivia would have been alive. I would much rather she was still here but, because I can’t change what happened in the past, I was really pleased to work with Network Rail to make these changes. And now it’s such a lovely thing that’s happening. When we go to receive the honour, my other daughter, Stevie, will be coming with me.”

From the day that Olivia and Charlotte were killed on a level crossing in Elsenham it took more than six years before Network Rail was successfully prosecuted for its failings. Sir David Higgins, then Network Rail’s CEO, met with Ms Hughes and saw that her passion to make a difference was the foundation from which she could become a users’ champion. This was so right as Ms Hughes has acted as a catalyst for a changed way of thinking within Network Rail that now has a well-funded programme of level crossing closure and a significantly enhanced capability to manage the risks arising at level crossings. In addition, British Transport Police is better equipped and funded to address the enforcement dimension of a national programme to reduce the harm arising at level crossings.

Now, the United Kingdom is at the leading edge of level crossing safety world-wide. This is in no small part due to the tireless commitment of Tina Hughes, rightly recognised by this month’s award of the MBE>

2 Responses to “United Kingdom: Level crossing safety champion awarded MBE in birthday honours”

  1. Tina Hughes June 18, 2014 at 08:57 #

    Thank you for your kind and supportive comments! I had no idea when I started on this path that I could have been such an influence but delighted that it’s turned out that way. Change in Network Rail is moving at a pace and I’m confident that they can keep it going.

  2. Andrew Fraser June 18, 2014 at 09:38 #

    This is good news, although the circumstances in which it has come about are tragic. It’s now around 14 years since the railway industry was warned of the situation at Cornton level crossing. (Apparently not dangerous but, nonetheless, something to learn from). Let’s hope NR now starts to take the phenomenon seriously.

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