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Morton calls for rail crisis strategy

BRITAIN'S RAIL industry needs to have a crisis management strategy so it can better handle the fall out from disasters like the Hatfield train crash, shadow Strategic Rail Authority chairman Sir Alastair Morton said this week.

Lack of a clear strategy contributed to the chaos caused by track closures and speed restrictions after Hatfield, he said.

Speaking at conference in London, Morton announced that he would organise a summit early next year for industry leaders to develop a crisis management strategy.

He told delegates that the current rail crisis also highlighted the need for rail users to understand the relative risks of train travel compared with other transport modes.

'There is no such thing as movement or transport without risk, ' he said.

Morton cited the recent example of a Sainsburys lorry ploughing into broken down vehicles on the hard shoulder of the M6 killing six people.

'Just suppose a freight train had crashed into a passenger carriage killing six. In just a few hours, not weeks, the road was clear, evidence gone and no inquiry in the presence of lawyers.'

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