06 September 2007
Network rail accepts corporate responsibility
Following the publication of a report, Network Rail has accepted corporate responsibility for the rail crash that occurred in Cumbria earlier this year.
One person died and 22 were seriously injured in the incident, which took place near to Kendal in the Lake District.
The company said that a faulty set of switches had led to the Virgin Pendolino train derailing and admitted that they should have been inspected days earlier.
Chief executive officer of Network Rail Iain Coucher commented: "The report makes for difficult and sobering reading.
"Mistakes were made and there are important lessons for all of us at Network Rail."
He added that changes had already been implemented by the company and more would follow on the basis of the report's recommendations.
Network Rail is responsible for running and maintaining Britain's rail tracks, including signalling, viaducts, tunnels, rail bridges, level crossings and 17 train stations.