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Serious Questions At Greater Anglia

27 November 2019

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, has said Greater Anglia has "serious questions" to answer after it was found loose screws were to blame for a door being open on a passenger train going at 80mph.

The train travelled 16 miles through Essex in August once the screws fell out, before a passenger alerted the driver.

A Rail Accident Investigation Board (RAIB) report said operator Greater Anglia had since found loose screws on "at least 60 doorways" in its fleet of refurbished class 321 carriages.

Commenting, Cortes said: “Safety on our railways must always be paramount. Passengers need to have complete confidence that they will not be put in danger whilst riding a train.

“In this instance it's blindingly obvious that something went very wrong for a door to open when the train was travelling at 80 mph.

“This raises serious questions about the maintenance regime and security checks being carried out on Greater Anglia trains."

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