Wiltshire

Network Rail sued over Julia Canning level crossing death

Julia Canning was hit by a train at the Fairfield crossing, near Little Bedwyn
Julia Canning was hit by a train in 2009 while walking her two dogs

Network Rail is being sued by the widower of a woman killed on a level crossing in Wiltshire three years ago.

Julia Canning, 55, was walking her dogs when she was hit by a train at the Fairfield crossing near Little Bedwyn on 6 May 2009.

Spencer Canning is taking legal action against Network Rail for £600,000 for negligence.

Network Rail said it would be inappropriate to comment on any legal proceedings at this stage.

In June, Network Rail was fined £356,250 after the Office of Rail Regulation (ORR) found it had failed to provide a safe crossing for pedestrians following Mrs Canning's death.

The sentencing at Southampton Crown Court followed a lengthy investigation by the regulator.

Mr Canning said: "I have never recovered from my wife's death.

"The papers have been lodged in the High Court - Network Rail has acknowledged receipt.

"It is a painful but necessary step."

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