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Network Rail and Amey face criminal charges over derailment

Network Rail and Amey both face criminal charges over the partial derailment of a high-speed train near Southall in West London three years ago.
On Sunday November 24, 2002 the leading bogie of the fifth coach of a First Great Western train bound for Swansea derailed just east of Southall station. It travelled a further two miles before coming to halt just before West Ealing station. The train was carrying 450 passengers at the time. No one was injured.

Both companies are due to appear at the City of London Magistratess' court on December 8.

The Health and Safety Executive alleges that by failing to adequately install or maintain the stretch of rail where the derailment occurred the companies exposed people to unacceptable risk.

Both are charge with a criminal breach of section 3 of the Health and Safety at Work Act. If the magistrate commits the case to the Crown Court, the companies could face unlimited fines if found guilty.

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