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Fishy line on Debate


In response to the Debate columns on railway safety (NCE 22 March ), I wholeheartedly agree with Graeme Monteith's statement that safety at all costs should be avoided. We do not, as a society, expect a zero-accident policy on the road network, or indeed in any walk of life.

We recognise that accidents do happen and that risks cannot wholly be avoided. We expect them not to happen needlessly, which is where action or retribution should be concentrated, but to demand of any industry that nothing should ever go wrong at all is completely unrealistic.

I also find it strange that a responsible person such as Clive Williams appears to hold Railtrack wholly responsible for the actions of people outside the railway (the Selby crash, trespass and vandalism).

Certainly Railtrack should be taking reasonable precautions against such acts, but we, and Mr Williams, should recognise that responsiblity also lies elsewhere for such issues and should not expect the railways to solve everything themselves.

M T Dawe (M), Scott Wilson Kirkpatrick, Bayheath House, Chesterfield, S40 1JF

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