Thursday 2 Apr 2015
STATEMENT - West Coast Railways suspension notice
Network Rail has issued West Coast Railways with a suspension notice with effect of Friday 3 April.
A Network Rail spokesperson said: “Network Rail has issued a suspension notice to West Coast Railway Company Limited (WCR) as a result of ongoing safety concerns.
“This decision has not been taken lightly, however safety will always be our number one priority.
“We have set out a number of actions to address the safety concerns raised and will continue to work with WCR to ensure their services can run safely in future.”
The suspension notice issued can be read in full (PDF attached, below).
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