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Tracking the route to the Paddington crash

RAILTRACK CONFIRMED this week that it was still in discussions with the Health & Safety Executive over plans to reopen track into Paddington Station following this month's Ladbroke Grove train crash.

Despite appealing against the HSE's prohibition notice on the use of signal 109 (NCE last week) - due to be heard on 5 November - Railtrack said it was working to agree a revised layout. Current restrictions mean peak traffic is limited to 70% of the timetable.

A Railtrack spokeswoman said it was considering a number of options but insisted the outcome of the appeal had no bearing on signal 109's use. 'Our appeal is to deny the allegation that we are in breach of criminal law,' she said.

NCE can reveal the exact sequence of previous modifications carried out on the fatal Paddington track and signalling layout. The sequence is at the centre of the HSE's crash investigation and highlights the scale of alterations made in the past. It also pinpoints the on-going difficulties faced by the HSE to monitor and approve work carried out.

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