Health and Safety Executive: Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry

EF 14
Health and Safety Executive: Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry

This series contains transcripts of proceedings for both parts of the Inquiry, together with witness statements and other core documents. Core documents are those upon which witnesses were cross-examined and from which Lord Cullen drew his conclusions and made his recommendations. An index to these documents in both paper and electronic form is included in the series.

Held by:
The National Archives, Kew
Legal status:
Public Record
Physical description:
208 file(s)
Access conditions:
Subject to 30 year closure unless otherwise stated
Immediate source of acquisition:
in 2002 Health and Safety Commission, Health and Safety Executive
No further accruals expected
Administrative / biographical background:

On 5 October 1999 at 8.11 am, a fatal rail collision occurred outside Paddington Station. The collision occurred when the 8.06 am Thames Trains Paddington to Bedwyn service and a London-bound First Great Western 125 express train, running from Cheltenham to Paddington, collided at the Ladbroke Grove Junction. Lord Cullen was appointed to chair the Ladbroke Grove Rail Inquiry by the Health and Safety Commission with the consent of the Deputy Prime Minister on 8 October 1999. Lord Cullen decided to divide the Inquiry into two parts. Part 1 inquired into the crash and Part 2 inquired into the general question of how safety on the railways is managed and regulated. Between Parts 1 and 2 another, separate inquiry (the"Joint Inquiry") inquired into factors common to the crashes at Ladbroke Grove and Southall, including train protection systems and signals passed at danger. The Joint Inquiry was chaired jointly by Lord Cullen and Professor Uff (who chaired the inquiry into the crash at Southall). The public hearings for Part 1 began on 10 May 2000 and were completed on 28 September 2000. The public hearings for Part 2 began on Monday 30 October 2000 and were completed on the 20 December 2000. The Health and Safety Commission (HSC) published Lord Cullen's report on Part 1 of the Inquiry on 19 June 2001 and the report on Part 2 of the Inquiry on 20 September 2001.

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