Wednesday 9 Jul 2003


Region & Route:
Network Rail can confirm that Nicholas Pollard, Alistair Cook, Sean Fugill and Keith Lea have today been charged by the Crown with involuntary manslaughter and an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act.  Chris Leah has been charged with an offence under the Health and Safety at Work Act. As a consequence of its acquisition of Railtrack Plc, Network Rail has been charged with corporate manslaughter and offences under Health and Safety legislation. Both the Company and its employees fully intend to defend themselves against these charges. As the company stated last week, we believe that our employees conduct their duties to the best of their abilities with the sole intention of delivering a safe, reliable and efficient railway network. It is now a matter for the courts and it would be inappropriate to comment further. 

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office - National
020 3356 8700

About Network Rail

We own, operate and develop Britain's railway infrastructure; that's 20,000 miles of track, 30,000 bridges, tunnels and viaducts and the thousands of signals, level crossings and stations. We run 20 of the UK's largest stations while all the others, over 2,500, are run by the country's train operating companies.

Usually, there are almost five million journeys made in the UK and over 600 freight trains run on the network. People depend on Britain's railway for their daily commute, to visit friends and loved ones and to get them home safe every day. Our role is to deliver a safe and reliable railway, so we carefully manage and deliver thousands of projects every year that form part of the multi-billion pound Railway Upgrade Plan, to grow and expand the nation's railway network to respond to the tremendous growth and demand the railway has experienced - a doubling of passenger journeys over the past 20 years.

Follow us on Twitter: @networkrail
Visit our online newsroom: