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Train crash survivors demand action on ATP

  : Sunday, November 07, 1999
Survivors and relatives of victims of the Paddington and Southall rail accidents demonstrated in

photo: London Ambulance Service
Trafalgar Square yesterday (6 November) to demand increased spending on safety for Britain's Railways.

About 150 people were involved in the rally at the central London landmark. As Railtrack announced a 5% increase in its half-year earnings, protesters carried banners demanding "safety before profits". They believe that Automatic Train Protection (ATP) must be installed to prevent similar tragedies in the future. ATP would have prevented both of the accidents. The government had agreed, before the Paddington disaster to install the cheaper and less effective TPWS.

A number of speakers were critical of Railtrack. Ken Livingstone, who is hoping to become the Labour Patry's candidate for Mayor of London told the rally "The more you look at Railtrack's involvement in the railways, the more it looks like a gravy train for its investors and less like a modern integrated train service for the public."

Web sources:
Train crash survivors demand action
This Is London 06 Nov 99
Crash Survivors Demand Safer British Trains
Yahoo 06 Nov 99
Crash survivors demand safer railways
BBC Online 06 Nov 99
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