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article imageMemorial service: The worst ever London Underground train crash

By Alexander Baron     Jun 28, 2013 in Travel
London - On February 28, 1975, 43 people lost their lives when a London Underground train crashed at Moorgate Station on the Highbury Branch of the Northern Line.
Although far from the worst train crash in the UK ever, the Moorgate crash was the worst on the London Underground, which was then and remains arguably the safest way to travel in the UK. The 7/7 attacks of July 2005 claimed 56 lives—including those of the four terrorists—but those resulted from four separate explosions, one of them on a bus.
The Moorgate crash happened on Friday, February 28, 1975 at 08.46am, the height of the morning rush hour; the motorman was Leslie Newson, who had worked for the then London Transport Executive since 1969. There has been much speculation such as did he commit suicide, etc, but at the end of the day there can be no answers. What there could be, was and is, was a review of safety which led to an alteration to the signalling. If you travel on a London Underground train into a terminus, it will pause just outside the station. This is because the signal protecting the platform will remain at danger until the train is right on top of it. If it passes the signal, it will be tripped automatically. There are other protections as well.
The London Underground has been expanded considerably since 1975, as have other rail links in and around the capital. Fatalities are few and far between, and usually relate from people doing something they shouldn't.
Recently, a memorial was erected at Finsbury Square near Moorgate Station. On July 28, a special service will held for the victims.
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