8 September Aberdeen, Scotland

Network Rail was fined £6.7m in the high court in Aberdeen after admitting guilt over a rail crash in which three people died. The driver of the train, Brett McCullough, 45, Donald Dinnie, 58 (the conductor), and a passenger, Christopher Stuchbury, 62, died in the derailment near Stonehaven, Aberdeenshire, on August 12 in 2020. It was described as the worst accident on Britain’s railways in 18 years. Debris had washed on to the track from a drainage system after heavy rain. The driver was not warned to reduce speed although the conditions had been reported. Admitting culpability helped reduce the fine from £10m.