The 10th anniversary of the Potters Bar rail crash, in which seven people lost their lives, will be marked tomorrow.
Two commemorations will take place, the first at a memorial garden close to the site of the Hertfordshire crash.
Flowers will be laid with a minute’s silence at 12.56pm, the time the London to King’s Lynn train derailed at a faulty set of points.
A memorial service at Our Lady and St Vincent church in Potters Bar will then be held.
Six passengers on the West Anglia Great Northern express, including 75-year-old Austen Kark, were killed in the crash.
They were in the train’s fourth carriage which became airborne after derailing and ended up wedged under the canopy of Potters Bar station.
The seventh victim, Agnes Quinlivan, 80, was killed by falling debris as she walked close to the station.
Railtrack had network-wide responsibility for track, but the section round Potters Bar was contracted out to private maintenance firm Jarvis.
Network Rail — which took over from Railtrack later in 2002 — was fined £3 million last May, having pleaded guilty at St Albans Crown Court in Hertfordshire to breaching health and safety regulations at Potters Bar.
Jarvis avoided prosecution for health and safety breaches last year having gone into administration.
Transport unions have warned that tragedies such as Potters Bar crash are likely to be repeated if proposed cost-cutting measures are introduced on the railways.
But Rail Minister Theresa Villiers claimed the railways were “as safe as they have ever been” and that inefficiencies could be eliminated without jeopardising safety.