£70million rail safety task force following fatal Port Talbot accident

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Network Rail has launched a £70million task force to improve safety for track engineers following the deaths of two workers near Port Talbot on July 3rd 2019.

Gareth Delbridge from Kenfig Hill and Michael Lewis from North Cornelly were killed after being hit by a passenger train. A formal investigation has opened into their deaths.

The task force will look at technological solutions to track worker safety (many are currently reliant on “lookouts”), skills monitoring, fatigue management, improvements to safety training and improved risk management.

However, the RMT union has called for the practice of “red zone working” (working on a line whilst trains are still running) to be ended.