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Police report on Hatfield goes to CPS next month

POLICE INVESTIGATING the Hatfield train crash are expected to send a file to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) next month.

'There are still some interviews remaining into what is potentially a manslaughter investigation, but we are coming to the end of the inquiry and expect to send the file to the CPS in June, ' a British Transport Police spokesman told NCE.

A decision on prosecutions could follow within weeks, the spokesman added. Interviews numbering 'dozens' had included staff from Balfour Beatty, Railtrack and Jarvis, he said.

Meanwhile, Railtrack said it had 'drawn a line' under the gauge corner cracking phenomenon which caused the Hatfield crash last October, killing four.

Over 1,150 speed restrictions imposed due to gauge corner cracking had been removed, leaving 150. A total of 700 speed restrictions apply compared with 550 before Hatfield.

Railtrack also announced the long-awaited appointment of its new chairman. George Wimpey chairman and chemical engineer John Robinson takes over in July.

Industry sources said that his appointment was unlikely to alter the company's engineering strategy which will remain the responsibility of Railtrack management.

A former colleague said that he was chosen for his broad management skills rather than for his rail knowledge.

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