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Inquiry Finds Flawed Maintenance Most Likely Cause of Potters Bar Train Crash

Magazine article Public Finance

Inquiry Finds Flawed Maintenance Most Likely Cause of Potters Bar Train Crash

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Sabotage was 'highly unlikely' to be the reason for the fatal Potters Bar train tragedy, the latest report into the crash has concluded.

But the three-year inquiry by the Rail Safety and Standards Board failed to clear up the mystery behind the crash. It found there was 'no conclusive evidence of any one cause' of the fatal derailment in May 2002 - but pointed to flawed maintenance procedures as a likely cause.

The train, travelling from London's King's Cross to Kings Lynn at close to 100mph, derailed as it passed over points, which were missing bolts. Six passengers were killed as well as one pedestrian. A further 76 people were injured at the Hertfordshire station.

Jarvis, the contractor responsible for maintenance of the track, had cited sabotage as a reason for the crash.

However, the board was not convinced. 'The possibility of a malicious act cannot be ruled out, although the panel considers this to be highly unlikely,' it concluded.

A separate Health and Safety Executive report in 2003 had ruled out sabotage. …

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