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Tuesday, 19 June, 2001, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
Survivor's hopes for crash report
Survivor Pam Warren awaiting publication of the report at the HSE
Pam Warren: Wants automatic train protection systems
A survivor of the 1999 Ladbroke Grove rail crash has said she hopes the Cullen report will finally lead to changes being made to UK railways.

"It's 20 months since Ladbroke Grove and not a lot has changed on the railways so far," said Pam Warren, from Whitchurch, Oxfordshire.

You can never say never to an accident, but we want it to be an accident, not negligence

Pam Warren
"Everyone keeps giving us the excuse, 'we need to wait for Lord Cullen's report'.

"Well after today we're going to be turning round to those people saying 'here's the report, and we want to see action and we want to see it now.'"

Ms Warren founded the Paddington Survivors Group in the wake of the crash, to campaign for rail safety.

She told the BBC she hoped the report would put an end to a frustratingly slow pace of change.

"We're saying OK, we've had inquiries in the past and nothing has happened," she said. "Let's make Lord Cullen the watershed."

"While we've been waiting for the report we haven't been idle.

Automatic protection

"We've been talking to rail industry figureheads and also politicians and hopefully they'll join with us in working towards making these changes as quickly as possible."

She said the priority for the survivors was the introduction of automatic train protection systems so no train could cross a red light.

At least I'll know why the crash happened, that question has never been answered for me

Pam Warren
"We're realistic enough to say you can never say never to an accident," she said, "but we want it to be an accident, not negligence."

Thirty-one people lost their lives when a Thames Trains train crossed a red light to collide almost head-on with a Great Western express in October 1999.

Ms Warren had to wear a face mask for 15 months after she suffered horrific burns in the crash.

She said she stopped wearing it in March but still got very tired and would probably collapse for four days after the report was published.

But "you have to keep going otherwise nothing will change," she said.

She said she also hoped the report would bring changes on a personal level.

"At least I'll know why the crash happened, that question has never been answered for me," she said.

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