The buck stops…

In deciding to fine Merlin Entertainments £5m for the accident with its Smiler ride at Alton Towers, one of the factors the judge, Michael Chambers QC, took into account was a press release in which “human error” was cited as an issue for the crash. Instead, he said “catastrophic failure to assess risk and have a structured system of work” was to blame. It is … Continue reading The buck stops…

Chris Grayling and ‘the vision thing’

Written by Gavin Devine, Managing Partner Newgate Communications An abridged version of this article appears in this month’s Transport Times. 1,409 days.  That’s how long Patrick McLoughlin was Transport Secretary.  That’s how long he was a safe pair of hands, pressing quietly ahead with HS2, kicking the airport capacity can down the road, damping down the headlines about Network Rail and CP5, and avoiding controversy … Continue reading Chris Grayling and ‘the vision thing’