27 July 2015
RMT Press Office
Mick Cash, General Secretary of largest rail union RMT, said: “This derailment in Kent due to cows on the track raises some serious questions about the maintenance of trackside fencing, and the impact of cuts on budgets, and the union will be following the investigation that is now underway very closely.
“The incident also once again reinforces the importance of having a safety-critical guard on our trains to ensure that passenger and crew safety is properly protected, and safe procedures followed, in the event of just this kind of serious event. RMT will be reinforcing that message in our continuing campaign to keep guards on our trains.”