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Southall inquiry "downgraded" - survivors

  : Sunday, October 24, 1999
Victims of the 1997 Southall train crash are incensed at inquiry chairperson, Professor John Uff QC's decision that it will
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not consider the issue of what train safety system should be installed on the railway network.

According to a BBC report today, survivors and relatives of those who died believe that the public inquiry into the accident which killed 7 people has been "downgraded" as a result of the accident at Ladbroke Grove near Paddington on 5 October 1999. They feel that their concerns and vital safety issues are being ignored. The report quotes Ms Louise Christian a solicitor acting for the victims:
"The bereaved of Southall are extremely angry that the promise made to them by the Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott two years ago at the site of the Southall rail collision - that they would have a full public inquiry - is now not being honoured,"
Lawyers acting for the bereaved and the injured have asked for an urgent meeting with Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott and will raise the matter with Professor Uff.
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