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Thirty-nine people die on Britain's railways

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Thirty-nine people died on Britain's railways in the year to 31 March, 11 fewer than in the preceding 12 months, according to the Health & Safety Executive's annual report. However the number of track workers killed rose from six to nine.

The report, published on Monday, also stated that incidences of broken rails fell from 445 to 335, the fifth successive decrease.

The hot summer of 2003 was responsible for 137 track buckles, compared to 21 the previous year.

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