Agnes Quinlivan’s daughter speaks out following Potters Bar rail inquest verdict

FOLLOWING the conclusion of the inquest into the Potters Bar rail tragedy, one of the daughters of victim Agnes Quinlivan said it had now drawn a line under the family’s eight year ordeal.

Patricia Smith, 62, told the Potters Bar Edition she was “satisfied” with the result, but stressed she would continue fighting alongside the relatives of the other crash victims to bring about safety improvements on the railways.

She said: “The issue of rail safety is still of major concern and we will watch with great interest to see how the judge’s recommendations come out.”

Meanwhile, Hertsmere MP James Clappison, who campaigned for a public hearing into the derailment for nearly eight years, said lessons should be learnt following the saga.

The Tory backbencher said: “It is shocking that we have had to wait eight years for this.

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“Where there has been a serious accident we need to have a public inquiry or inquest at a much earlier stage so that we can find out what went wrong and reassure the public that things have been put right.”

He added: “I completely support the verdict of the jury and view expressed by the judge.

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“He is making recommendations and I hope they are acted upon.”

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