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Flawed inspectorate has learnt from failures, says report


DESPITE THE 'significant past deficiencies' of Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate (HMRI) Cullen says it should continue with its regulatory role.

HMRI, the HSE division for the railways, has, according to Cullen's report, 'shown a capacity for self-appraisal and applying the lessons of past failures'.

The report recommends that resources are increased and leadership reinforced by the appointment of 'outstanding managerial leadership, not necessarily with a railway background'.

The HSE has been actively recruiting inspectors sincen the Ladbroke Grove crash and has doubled the number to 122. But it still needs more, and the extra duties imposed on it by Cullen make this a priority.

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