South Devon Railway Trust – Media Statement
Office of Rail & Road (ORR) Prosecution, 14 May 2018
Following the conclusion of today’s Court hearing at Newton Abbot Magistrates Court, a South Devon Railway Trust spokesman said:
“First of all, we have once again offered our sincere apologies to Ms Anna Patch, her son and family for what occurred during their trip on the SDR on 22 June 2017.
“The South Devon Railway Trust fully acknowledges the shortcomings which occurred, and entered a guilty plea today to the charges brought against the railway by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR).
“Despite the SDR’s good health and safety record, we accept that we did not meet health and safety standards in this case, and put our customers at risk.
“The SDR takes the safety of its customers and staff very seriously, and has put every effort into making improvements to its systems, including a new Safety Management System, to ensure that this incident could not happen again.
“This includes complying with the requests of the ORR, and going further to put in place new infrastructure to modernise our approach to carriage maintenance.
“The SDR accepts and regrets that improvement was needed at the time of the incident – hopefully it can be seen that the Trust has reacted appropriately and seriously in the circumstances.
“Whilst the fine we received today is a significant one, we have been making contingency plans for it and also have a helpful period of time in which to pay. As a result, the SDR will continue to operate our popular heritage steam trains and services as normal.”