Letter: Safety on the track when the signalmen are on strike

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Sir: I am alarmed that Railtrack are insisting that managers who have never been signal operators should take over signal boxes on pain of suspension. I decided some time ago that I would not risk travelling on any train running on a strike day. I now wonder whether I should ever travel on the railways so long as these heralds of free enterprise are in charge of them.

I am willing to take necessary risks, but remain reluctant to entrust my safety to those who do so little to convince me they are careful of it.

Yours sincerely,

CONRAD RUSSELL

House of Lords

London, SW1

22 July

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