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Points failure blamed for Grayrigg rail disaster

Poor condition of the points at the site of the Grayrigg rail disaster have been blamed for the accident in a report released by the Rail Accident Investigation Board this afternoon.
The report focuses its investigation on the condition of the Lambrigg 2B points at the site of the derailment. It says 'Indications are that these points were the immediate cause of the derailment. No evidence has been found to date that indicates the driving of train, the condition of train or the signalling control system contributed to the accident.' The accident happened at Grayrigg, near Kendal in the Lake District at just after 8pm on Friday. All nine carriages left the track just after passing a set of points in a cutting.It details: 'The immediate cause of the accident was the condition of the stretcher bar arrangement at points 2B at Lambrigg crossover which resulted in the loss of gauge separation of the point switch blades.'Chief Executive, John Armitt said: 'Network Rail is devastated to conclude that the condition of the set of points at Grayrigg caused this terrible accident. We accept the RAIB report in all respects. We would like to apologise to all the people affected by the failure of the infrastructure.A full analysis of the accident and the RAIB report will be in this week's NCE magazine

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