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Commons enquiry must look at new Network Rail failures over toddler's death

23 October 2013

A Commons enquiry into level crossing safety must examine the death of a four year old toddler after a "catalogue of failures" by Network Rail, the TSSA said today.

Speaking after the RAIB published a critical report today of NR failings at the crossing where four year-old Emma Lifsey died in north Nottinghamshire last December, union leader Manuel Cortes said;

"I would urge the Commons Transport Select Committee to study this report in detail because it illustrates all too clearly that safety has not been the number one priority of Network Rail.

"Emma died because the level crossing her grandmother approached was not lit properly by a warning light system described as "obsolete" by the RAIB.

"Despite the warning lights being too weak to be seen in bright sunlight, NR had ignored a recommendation by the regulator, the ORR, to replace the system.

"NR executives must explain this latest example of their negligence at level crossings when they appear before the committee next month."

Families of two girls who died on an unstaffed crossing at Elsenham in 2005 accused NR of a "cover up" when they appeared before the committee on Monday.

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