London, UK: Parents criticise Network Rail bonuses

19 Apr

The parents of Olivia Bazlinton and Charlotte Thompson, killed on the Elsenham Station footpath level crossing in December 2005 had plans to challenge bonus payments. However, they were not allowed into the meeting of Network Rail’s members who provide limited scrutiny of the publicly financed in place of shareholders for what, in essence, is a nationalised utility.

The parents maintain that director level bonuses should not be paid when there are still many rural level crossings that need to be addressed to improve safety of users.

Without doubt, Network Rail was spurred into much greater action to reduce risk arising at level crossing as result of the tenacious pressure of Olivia’s parents, in particular, to get to the truth behind the management of risk at the Elsenham Station level crossing and more generally to reduce risk. This campaigning led to a level crossing closure programme that has eliminated some 10% of level crossings of Network Rail’s infrastructure.

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