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Progress on implementing some of the recommendations made by Professor Uff and Lord Cullen in separate reports on the Southall and Ladbroke Grove rail disasters is disappointing, says a Health & Safety Commission report published this week.

Recommendations covering Railtrack's management of contractors will continue beyond Lord Cullen's proposed timescales. 'This is a crucial area where changes are needed and, although work has started, there is a lot more to do, ' said HSC chairman Bill Callaghan. 'I will be paying particular attention to progress in this area.'

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