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Judge reduces Balfour Beatty's fine for the Hatfield rail disaster

A Court of Appeal judge this morning reduced the fine imposed on Balfour Beatty for its part in the Hatfield rail crash from £10M to £7.5M.
The appeal judge upheld the company's claims that it was fined a disproportionate amount to Railtrack, now Network Rail, who were hit with a £3.5M penalty.'We have decided that Balfour Beatty's fine should be reduced to £7.5M thereby reducing the disparity between their fine and that of Railtrack,' said the judgement.In the original judgement it was ruled that Balfour Beatty was 2 to 3 times more culpable than Railtrack and the level of the fine was set accordingly. It also took into account the fact that Railtrack operates as a not for profit organisation when imposing the original penalty.Related links:Today's top stories

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