Local paper campaigns for rail crash enquiry

Close to 700 readers have so far signed up to the Barnet Press campaign demanding a public inquiry into the Potters Bar rail crash.

The campaign was launched on 10 May – the anniversary of the derailment – to put pressure on the Government to hold a public inquiry into a disaster which claimed seven lives.

It started with front-page photographs of all seven victims, along with interviews from bereaved families and crash victims.

“It seems ludicrous that, one year after the disaster, the Government still has not announced plans for a public inquiry,” said editor Simon Jones.

“Many of the victims’ families have told us that they need to know why the crash occurred to help the bereavement process. What’s more, the whole country needs to know why it occurred so we can learn the lessons.”

In its third week, the campaign was boosted when Jarvis, the company in charge of rail maintenance around Potters Bar, signed up.

Company director and former transport minister Steve Norris, told The Press: “The most important thing we can do is to find out what happened and what has to be changed to stop it happening again.”

The weekly will present the final petition to Transport Secretary Alistair Darling in July.

“The campaign has been a great example of excellence in the regional press, particularly local weekly newspapers,” said Jones.

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