Elsenham rail tragedy: Mum appointed safety advisor at Network Rail

THE mum of a teenage girl who died after being hit by a train at Elsenham station has accepted a safety advisor role at Network Rail.

Tina Hughes’ daughter Olivia Bazlinton, 14, was killed along with her friend Charlotte Thompson, 13, at a station footpath crossing in December 2005.

Now, more than six years on, she has been appointed Users’ Champion at the company which admitted failings in the lead up to the girls’ deaths. Ms Hughes has also launched her own campaign to improve safety at Britain’s 1,600 crossings.

Last month, the firm responsible for the UK’s rail network was fined �1million and ordered to pay �60,000 costs after pleading guilty to breaching health and safety laws at the level crossing where the girls were killed.

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