The Paddington Survivors Group Support Site
The New Paddington Survivors Group
5th October 2009: The 10th Anniversary.
A small, personal event was held at the Memorial stone near Sainsburys, Ladbroke Grove on the morning of the anniversary.
Members of the Survivors Group and relatives of those that died in the crash were there to mark the 10th anniversary. The event was held at at 08:10, the time of the crash.
We would like to thank all those that attended, especially those members of the emergency services. We would also like to thank members of the media for the consideration and respect they showed.
As survivors of a major disaster we have been through experiences that very few people have.
We have in the past successfully campaigned for rail safety to be taken more seriously.
Now, as we move on from the immediate, devastating effects the crash had on our lives, we have put together this web site. It is impossible to count the number of times that the phrase "I wish I had known that" has been said since the crash.
This site has been set up to try to ensure that others who find themselves in the same position as us in the future know where to come to.
...and they never have to say
On Tuesday the 5th October 1999 a First Great Western Inter-City train headed for London collided head-on with a Bedwyn bound Thames Trains Turbo.
The resulting impact killed 31 people and changed the lives of thousands forever. Whilst there were just 575 passengers and staff on the trains, the effects hit far wider. Partners, children parents, employers, the emergency services, local residents and workers, investigators, legislators and so on.
A disaster makes headlines for a period of time, but the consequences last far, far longer.
We wish to help others by sharing our experiences.
We have been asked to note that on Monday 5th October ITV will be running an Edition of Tonight With Trevor McDonald at 20:00 which is about the crash, the aftermath and the last 10 years.
The producers have made this statement: "We would also like to make viewers aware that the programme does contain some old news footage / photographs from the time of the crash, in case this is material that they may find distressing."