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Network Rail fined for bridge collapse and train derailment

Network Rail has today been fined £80,000 and ordered to pay costs of £32,000 after a train hit a collapsed public footbridge and derailed, injuring seven people in February 2008.

Sentencing follows an Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) investigation into the incident. On the morning of 1 February 2008, a lorry delivering to a Network Rail construction site near Barrow upon Soar station in Leicestershire struck a footbridge over the railway.

The footbridge collapsed, blocking the rail line, and shortly afterwards a train travelling from Nottingham to Norwichat 104km/h crashed into the debris and derailed.

The ORR’s investigation revealed that Network Rail failed to properly plan, manage and supervise the deliveries of bulk material to its worksite.

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