NSW Government Apologises For Australia's Worst Rail Crash
During NSW Parliament today, the Government has apologised to everyone affected by Australia's worst ever train disaster.
NSW Premier Gladys Berejiklian addressed a packed audience of survivors and victims' relatives from the 1977 Granville accident.
"I express my genuine heartfelt sorrow for the terrible trauma you suffered at the time and the devastating pain and loss that you've had to live with for many years since."
"There is nothing we can do to take the pain away, but we hope today goes to acknowledging that and supporting you into the future," the Premier said.
This comes 40 years on from the tragic incident that killed eighty-three people and injured a further two hundred and thirteen people after a passenger train derailed at Granville railway station and crashed into the Bold Street bridge.
The train was travelling from Mount victoria in the Blue Mountains to Sydney when the bridge collapsed on the third and fourth carriages.
Investigations into the accident brought to light the shockingly little amount of upkeep and preservation that went into the 170-tonne concrete infrastructure.
Today, it was the duty of Gladys Berejiklian to give an apology to those affected by the crash and she recognised that it came 40 years too late.
"The life-long impact on survivors, the unimaginable grief felt by those who lost a loved one on that dreadful January day have never been formally acknowledged, and this is long overdue."
Ms Berejiklian also added, "Hopefully we're making some amends to what you've experienced in the last four decades, not just that day, but the ensuing four decades."
Approximately 50 survivors, emergency workers and relatives attended the apology as well as opposition leader Luke Foley, Transport Minister Andrew Constance and Granville MP Julia Finn.
Mr Foley also addressed the crowd saying, "We genuinely hope that this apology gives you some small measure of comfort."
"Granville will never just be a stop in the line," he added.