New rail crash probe wanted

PUBLISHED: 11:51 13 May 2008 | UPDATED: 22:20 26 October 2009

SIX years on from the Potters Bar rail crash, calls for a public inquiry into how it happened have increased. Last Wednesday, Hertsmere MP James Clappison addressed Prime Minister s Questions and tabled an Early Day Motion to bring about an investigation

SIX years on from the Potters Bar rail crash, calls for a public inquiry into how it happened have increased.

Last Wednesday, Hertsmere MP James Clappison addressed Prime Minister's Questions and tabled an Early Day Motion to bring about an investigation into the smash that killed seven.

The 2002 tragedy, which also left 76 injured, happened when a train derailed after passing over a faulty set of points at Potters Bar railway station on May 10.

Since the crash, no public inquiry or inquests into the seven deaths have been held.

Mr Clappison told the Potters Bar Edition: "What I want is decisions and that is what I hope this move will give us.

"We have been waiting for six years and the delay is becoming scandalous.

"Action is needed to find out what has happened."

The motion has so far been signed by 10 MPs from a cross-section of political parties.

Mr Clappison was keen to make sure that politicians "stood up and took notice" of the need for inquests into the deaths caused by the smash.

"We have had interest from people across the board and they realise that the families are hurting," he said.

"We need this for the survivors, the families and the travelling public.

"Hopefully, this will make a difference.


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