Transport secretary satisfied with HSE report into fatal train deraillment.

Transport secretary Alistair Darling has ruled out a public inquiry into the Potters Bar rail crash. After the CPS ruled in October that no rail staff would face criminal charges, Darling said that he did not believe “on legal or general policy grounds that it is necessary or appropriate to hold an inquiry.” He added that three investigations – by the HSE, the British Transport Police and the Rail Standards and Safety Board – had already taken place, and that he was satisfied that the recommendations made by the HSE in order to avoid a similar accident in the future had been acted upon.

The crash, in which seven people died, happened when a train travelling to King’s Lynn from London derailled in May 2002. At the time Jarvis was responsible for track maintenance on the line.