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Steps to rail safety


With reference to the Ladbroke Grove rail accident: if the track crossing the high speed lines had been grade separated the accident could not have occurred.

The most beneficial immediate improvement would be to examine all track systems to see where grade connections to high speed lines exist and determine if the operating regime could be altered to avoid the use of such connections.

This could involve a less efficient minor service using a slower route or even banning the use of the minor system until a grade separated system can be constructed.

JSM Hailey (F), 12 Elmcroft, Goring on Thames, Reading, Berkshire RG8 9EU

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