Potters Bar rail inquest: public apology

The judge presiding over the Potters Bar rail crash inquest has publicly apologised to the families.

Judge Findlay Baker told the court it was indefensible they have had to wait over eight years for answers.

Seven people died in the crash on May 10, 2002 including South Mimms grandmother Agnes Quinlivan.

At the conclusion of the inquest today (Friday), he said: “Finally, a word to the families of those who so tragically died.

“Whatever the causes, the passage of over eight years from the derailment until the conclusion of the hearing of the inquest is indefensible.

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“The families are due a public apology, and as the current representative of the system whose abuse has led to this delay, I offer that apology.

“It feels, as I utter it, wholly inadequate, but it is all that is within my power to do.

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“I would only add to it my sympathy and condolences at the losses that the families have suffered, and I know I am able to speak on behalf of the jury when I utter those words, and I do.

“And I believe I can also speak on behalf of all the interested persons who have been represented today, and their representatives, and almost all of those who have given evidence or provided assistance to the hearings.

“I hope, and I am sure they will all hope too, that the line may begin to be drawn and a sad and lengthy chapter in many lives may be closed, and I express that in all sincerity.”

*For reaction to the inquest verdict see Wednesday’s Potters Bar Edition of the Welwyn Hatfield Times.

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