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TSSA Response To South Wales Train Deaths

3 July 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has called for a full investigation into the "tragic" deaths of two railway workers this morning in South Wales, saying - "something has gone badly wrong."

Cortes paid tribute to the two workers who died after being hit by a train between Port Talbot Parkway and Bridgend stations. Network Rail said the incident happened just before 10:00 BST near Margam.

Cortes said: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with those who have tragically lost their lives and have been injured. Their families, friends and their colleagues are also in our thoughts.

“It’s too early to speculate about what has happened here but clearly something has gone badly wrong. As ever our amazing emergency services were quickly on the scene and we pay tribute to their work.

“There must now be a full investigation because it is simply not acceptable that in the 21st Century people go out to work and end up losing their lives.

“Our Network Rail members together with everyone else at the Company do so much to keep our railways running smoothly. They must be able to do this in a safe environment.

“Safety on our railways is paramount and sadly, as today’s tragic events shows, it can never be taken for granted.”

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