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Sir Anthony Hidden QC

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I'm not sure if this has somehow found its way onto another forum thread, the obituary for Sir Anthony Hidden appeared during the week in the Daily Telegraph
Sir Anthony Hidden, who has died aged 79, was a prominent QC – and later a High Court judge – whose report into the Clapham train crash of December 12 1988 in which 35 people were killed and 132 injured forced British Rail to overhaul its safety culture.

Hidden was not an expert on railways; indeed he was best known for having successfully prosecuted Lester Piggott for tax evasion the year before. But his report got to the heart of the matter, and precipitated important changes.

The 57 days of hearings between February and June 1989, with more than 100 witnesses questioned, confirmed BR’s immediate conclusion that the crash had been caused by a redundant wire in a signal box, left live by technicians modernising the system....
He died on 19th February just short of his 80th birthday
 
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Do we open a thread for any famous person? Still a lot of famous persons to come!
 

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I don't expect he was well known in the Netherlands. Here is why he was significant on a rail forum:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/paddington-train-disaster-hidden-report-738764.html

THE OFFICIAL inquiry into the 1988 Clapham rail disaster was conducted by Sir Anthony Hidden QC over an exhausting 56 days. When his 230-page report was published he listed 91 recommendations into every aspect of the crash, and his thoroughness was seen as reflecting the effect that the accident had on the whole travelling public.

But 11 years on, key recommendations from that report have still not been implemented, despite official assurances that they would be. In the meantime, as rail accidents have continued, there have been constant reminders in subsequent reports that if only Sir Anthony had been properly listened to then lives would have been saved.


Recommendation No 46 was Automatic Train Protection (ATP)...
 
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Do we open a thread for any famous person? Still a lot of famous persons to come!

I think the findings of his enquiry into the 1988 Clapham rail disaster are of interest to everyone working in the UK railway industry - which in fairness might not be known of in Holland
 
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