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We hear endless stories about the entangled politics of the railway, the latest strategic 'vision' and those boardroom suits who earn toe-curling bonuses.

But there are real people at the heart of our industry, making it function. This page brings together stories about those who work on or near the line.

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MPs urge rethink on redundances
15th December 2009 (BBC News)
MPs have urged Network Rail to reconsider its plans to make more than 1,400 maintenance workers redundant.
Dead Leeds trackworker named
4th December 2009 (Roundhay Today)
A railway worker who died after being hit by a train near Leeds City Station has been named as Ernest Rodgerson, 60, from Sissons Road, Middleton, Leeds.

Trackworker killed by train
2nd December 2009 (BBC News)
Network Rail has confirmed that a man struck and killed by a train just west of Leeds Station was one of its trackworkers.

Accident at South Beach
23rd November 2009 (DBHS)
A trackworker has sustained serious injuries after coming into contact with live overhead line equipment at Ardrossan South Beach.

Carillion fined over tragedy
27th October 2009 (Express & Star)
Network Rail and construction giant Carillion have been forced to pay more than £1 million in fines and costs following the deaths of two workers on a Staffordshire railway.

Rail worker breaks leg
20th September 2009 (Worcester News)
A railway worker had to be airlifted to hospital after becoming trapped between heavy machinery and the wall of a tunnel at Ledbury.
Near miss due to lack of clear understanding
9th July 2009 (DBHS)
Investigations are continuing after a near miss in a T12 which was caused by the signaller's failure to brief his relief about the arrangements.

Three found guilty of rail worker's death
2nd July 2009 (Lancashire Telegraph)
Three railway maintenance men have been convicted of health and safety offences following the death of a father-of-five from Burnley.

Rail worker crushed by crane
10th June 2009 (Rugby Advertiser)
Mark Murray, who died while working on the WCML at Rugby, was crushed by the crane he was controlling, an inquest has heard.

Railmen killed as RRV reversed
18th May 2009 (Burton Times)
A jury has heard that two railwaymen were killed by a track maintenance vehicle because operational safety rules were ignored or inadequate.
NR accused of paying 'hush money' to sacked staff
3rd March 2009 (The Daily Record)
A union chief claims that Network Rail had broken employment laws on dozens of occasions and could be guilty of discrimination.
30 years since Penmanshiel disaster
18th March 2009 (Berwickshire News)
Two railway workers who died after a tunnel collapsed have been remembered 30 years on from the tragedy.

NXEC trains still spraying effluent
11th March 2009 (Welwyn & Hatfield Times)
National Express is continuing to spray effluent over passengers and trackside workers because retention tanks are not being emptied frequently enough.

No charges over Grayrigg crash
10th February 2009 (Fleetwood Weekly News)
No charges will be brought against three Network Rail workers over a train crash in Cumbria which left a pensioner dead, British Transport Police have said.
Big payout for sacked rail worker
15th January 2009 (The Cumberland News, Carlisle)
A rail worker who was sacked for telling the truth about an accident at work has been awarded more than £200,000 in compensation.
Sacked for telling the truth about an accident
14th January 2009 (News & Star, Carlisle)
A rail worker sacked after he blew the whistle on a boss who he said pressurised him into lying about a workplace accident is in line for a six-figure compensation payout.

Recommendations get 97% take-up
8th January 2009 (Rail News)
RAIB's annual report for 2007 (!!) highlights the death of a volunteer rail worker.
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