The train and travel chaos caused by the derailment of a freight train on the tracks just outside of Lewisham have made this week misery for commuters.

I have a friend who lives near the train line and received the following letter last year:


Train works were being undertaken on that very junction between Sunday 22 and Monday 23 January. So when the freight train derailed on Tuesday 24 January my immediate thought was that , National Rail had utterly failed to ensure the line was fit for use once the the upgrade works were complete. Does that classify as negligence? Somehow, National Rail failed to do their work to the highest safety standards and are incredibly lucky it was only a freight train that derailed and not a commuter service.

In none of the articles I’ve read in the local/national press do National Rail give an explanation to why there was a derailment. Failure to carry out work to the highest safety standards isn’t a good headline.

Makes mockery of the phrase ‘Safety is our number one priority’ doesn’t it?