Sunday, October 10, 1999 Published at 17:58 GMT 18:58 UK
Crash toll less than feared
Hundreds attended the Ladbroke Grove memorial service
Police say that far fewer people died in the Paddington rail disaster than they had previously feared.
The final death toll is now estimated at between 30 and 40 after only one body was found in the most severely burnt carriage.
"Our current estimate is that the majority of people escaped from there. We have all got to be grateful for that."
Dozens of people are still unaccounted for, but that number is dropping fast as people are being tracked down, said Mr Trotter.
"We are confident there are not any genuinely missing people amongst those numbers," he said.
This meant that paper items had survived in the coach, and this would enable police to identify further bodies.
Thirty-one bodies have been recovered from the wreckage, of which 21 have been identified.
Prayers for the victims
An investigation into the accident is continuing, but the government has already confirmed that track and signal operator Railtrack is to be stripped of its role in overseeing passenger safety on the railways.
Prayers for the victims were said at church services throughout the day.
Several hundred people gathered near the crash site for a memorial service at at the Sainsbury's supermarket in Ladbroke Grove, which served as a makeshift hospital for the wounded on Tuesday.
"The enormity of the Paddington rail crash tragedy is still being realised as we stand here today," they were told by the Bishop of Kensington, the Right Reverend Michael Colclough.
The decision to remove Railtrack's safety role was taken by the Deputy Prime Minister, John Prescott.
"We do think there's a conflict of interest here," he told BBC One's On The Record.
"We always said this kind of organisation of the railway would lead to a blame culture, it was fragmented, everybody would want to blame everybody else."
Emergency legislation will be drafted for the next parliamentary session following the Paddington crash and a damning report into Railtrack's safety record, delivered to ministers on the day of the accident.
Details of the plans will be outlined in a statement to the House of Lords on Monday by the Transport Secretary Lord Macdonald.
Railtrack's Chief Executive Gerald Corbett said Railtrack endorsed the move.
But he said the signal at the centre of the Paddington rail crash inquiry, signal 109, had not been at fault.
"109 was in good working order with all the lights showing red," he said. "It was approved by HMRI (Her Majesty's Railway Inspectorate) as recently as March."
Mr Prescott has also appointed a team of inspectors to carry out an immediate investigation into Railtrack's safety record following the crash.