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No charge for Grayrigg crash pair

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Two men questioned by police over the Grayrigg rail crash in Cumbria have been told they will not face charges.

Two rail workers arrested after last year's Grayrigg train crash in Cumbria, which left one person dead and dozens injured, will not face charges.

British Transport Police said a third man remained on police bail and was due to find out next month if he faced any further action.

An initial inquiry found faults in a set of points which had not been noticed during routine inspections.

The RMT union said the men deserved an immediate apology from the police.

Margaret Masson, 84, of Glasgow, was killed and 22 people injured when the London to Glasgow service came off the tracks.

A spokeswoman for British Transport Police said: "Three men have today answered police bail in connection with the Grayrigg train derailment inquiry.

"Two, a 60-year-old and a 64-year-old, both from Tebay, have been released without charge.

Our members and their families have been living under the shadow of suspicion for the best part of a year
Bob Crow, RMT union

"A third, a a 46-year-old from Preston, has had his bail extended until 3 November.

"The inquiry continues."

The London to Glasgow Virgin Pendolino train derailed on 23 February 2007.

An initial report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) blamed a faulty set of points for the crash.

A later inquiry by Network Rail, released in September last year, found systematic failures in track patrolling and management.

RMT general secretary Bob Crow said neither of the men was directly involved in maintenance on points in the area of the accident and neither had faced any disciplinary action.

He said: "Our two members and their families have been living under the shadow of suspicion for the best part of a year and the very least they deserve is an apology for arrests that should never have been made.

"Both the RAIB interim report and Network Rail's own report have pointed clearly to management failings and lack of resources, and it is those structural failings that still need to be addressed."

The union said there should be a joint public inquiry into the incident and the 2002 Potters Bar rail accident, with a remit to study the fragmentation of the industry.




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