A number of the weekend’s national papers covered the news that a Network Rail contractor was fatally struck by a passenger train on Wednesday Morning. The Sun reports that the victim, who “was employed by engineering company Amco-Giffen”, was hit near Roade, Northants. The article notes that this latest rail worker death follows the loss of two Network Rail colleagues in South Wales in June last year. The Rail Accident Investigation Branch is said to be gathering evidence from the site.
The Sunday Telegraph reports that TV presenter and conservationist, Chris Packham, is set to “continue his legal battle to halt HS2.” Packham argues that the rail scheme will destroy ancient woodland along the route. In spite of the High Court having ruled against the environmentalist’s case, he has vowed that “now is not the time to give up.”
A Network Rail colleague was mentioned in The Sun’s special ‘Hail Your Hero’ pullout celebrating the otherwise unsung ‘stars’ of the pandemic. Jennifer Hayton, who works as part of the track team at Newcastle, is reportedly staying in a B&B rather than commuting from home to ensure that she can continue to help keep the railway operational. Jennifer’s mother, Deborah, said that Jennifer epitomises the commitment of Network Rail.