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    give-up wrote:
    A piublic enquiry will cost £millions and will tell us what we already know ...... a bloke who should have checked the points didn't do his job. I'd rather they spent the money on making absolutely sure they get checked regularly. This constant calling for Public Enquiries (not just on this subject but on so many others) is irresponsible and politically motivated. The money could be used more usefully getting rid of some of the national debt.
    Oh if it was only that simple ! A public inquiry might establish why Network Rail have systematic failures in their procedures - it's about openness and getting to the full truth not just a confession from one member of staff racked with guilt.
    Like I said earlier, this isn't the first incident involving points maintenance. Frankly, it's the reasons behind why that person didn't do their job properly that are in question not just that person.
    I agree the money on a public INQUIRY might be better spent elsewhere at present but without confidence that Network Rail have changed their ways how can accidents like this in future be avoided ?
    Part of the problem IMO also resides with the privatization of many previous public "facilities" like rail, electricity, water etc that the government of the day no longer has active control over fundamental aspects of the day to day needs of the community and private companies (or PLCs) are more likely to get away with "hiding" the truth from incidents like this - although some councils are pretty good at that too !
    Like I said earlier this incident goes a lot deeper than just one person not doing their job properly especially on the back of similar failures elsewhere on the rail system."
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MP Tim Farron demands inquiry into railway points failures

First published in Politics

THE Government should launch a public inquiry into points-related failures across Britain's rail network, Westmorland and Lonsdale MP Tim Farron has demanded.

Mr Farron used Commons Transport Questions to ask ministers for a nationwide probe into points related failures across the network to ensure an incident like Grayrigg is not repeated.

The inquest into the tragedy blamed faulty points for the accident that killed 84-year-old Margaret Masson.

It also was told that there were 700 additional points failures in February 2007 alone along the line from Motherwell to Crewe.

Mr Farron also used his question to call on the Government not to deregulate Network Rail to ensure that safety remains the number one priority.

He said afterwards: “The death of Margaret Masson is a tragedy and the verdict of the inquest last week will hopefully have given her family some much needed closure.

"It is vital that the Government learns the lessons from this accident and acts immediately to ensure the safety of our railways.

“The fact that 700 points-related incidents were identified along just one stretch of the UK’s railways following the Grayrigg crash proves that a full nationwide inquiry is still needed to ensure that our railways are truly safe and to prevent another disaster like Grayrigg.

"The Grayrigg Inquest must also lead to the government resolving to ensure continued regulation of network rail.”

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