Marlborough, UK: Widower settles with combative Network Rail

2 Sep

The husband of a woman who was killed when she was hit while using a a public level crossing in Little Bedwyn, near Marlborough, Wiltshire, five years ago in May 2009 has settled with Network Rail for a sum considerably less than the GBP600,000 claimed.

The extent to which Network Rail was combative, despite a fine of more than GBP355,000 along with costs of nearly GBP20,000 imposed by Southampton Crown Court in an action brought by the Office of Rail Regulation for breaches of health and safety legislation, has been unnecessarily harsh. It also shows that Network Rail’s legal team, and external lawyers instructed by them, has still to learn the lessons from Elsenham and other cases when found to have been at fault and in breach of the legal obligation to reduce risk so far as is reasonably practicable (SFAIRP) after a fatal accident.

2 Responses to “Marlborough, UK: Widower settles with combative Network Rail”

  1. Christina Ineson September 5, 2014 at 17:48 #

    I had a note back from Mark saying he’d get back to me. My personal experience is with Kennedy’s… I think they are all as bad as each other. But it wouldn’t hurt for them to her what a detrimental impact they have on the families of people killed on the railway.


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