Network Rail pleads guilty in Potters Bar rail crash case

NETWORK Rail has today (Monday) pleaded guilty in connection with the Potters Bar rail crash.

The Office of Rail Regulation’s (ORR) prosecution of Network Rail and Jarvis for the 2002 derailment had its first hearing today at Watford Magistrates’ Court.

Network Rail admitted breaching the Health and Safety at Work Act.

The court committed Network Rail to St Albans Crown Court for sentencing on March 30 at 10am.

Jarvis were not present for today’s hearing.

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At ORR’s request the court adjourned the first appearance of Jarvis until March 21, when they will appear again at the magistrates’ court.

In the meantime ORR will decide “whether it remains in the public interest to proceed with the prosecution of Jarvis”, and will make a decision before the hearing on March 21.

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ORR said in coming to a decision it will “consult fully with the families of the victims and take into account their views”.

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