To ask the Secretary of State for Transport if he will make a statement on the deaths of Peter and Michael Whiting at Ospringe bridge on 14 July.
I much regret to report that at 14.45 on Wednesday 14 July two contractors were struck and killed by the 13.35 Victoria to Dover Western Docks train while working at Ospringe Road bridge, Faversham. The contractors were employed by Lowery of Ashford. Network SouthEast is conducting an internal inquiry into the accident. An inspecting officer from the Health and Safety Executive's railway inspectorate also attended the scene and made inquiries. HSE will consider the findings of these investigations and decide whether any action is necessary.