The Office of Rail and Road’s annual safety report shows the UK still has one of the safest railways in the world, but there are serious gaps – not least the one between the press release and the report

This article was first written and set up for publication before the tragic accident at Stonehaven on 12 August. While I stand by every word I wrote, some of that may appear to be speculation ahead of the publication of the official report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. Consequently, the opening section has been rewritten to stick carefully to the facts, and not mix them with my opinion.

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