44th anniversary of the Granville train disaster
Survivors, families and dignitaries have paused to pay their respects on the 44th anniversary of the worst rail disaster in Australia’s history.
Eighty-four people died and another 213 were injured when a commuter train derailed near Granville station, causing an overhead bridge to collapse onto two carriages, on 18 January 1977.
Minister for Transport and Roads Andrew Constance today paid tribute to the victims of the disaster and thanked the first responders who risked their lives that day.
“So many lives changed forever that morning 44 years ago. Today provides an important moment to reflect and remember the victims, the survivors and those who lost loved ones,” Mr Constance said.
“We also pay tribute to and thank the first responders and rail staff who showed extraordinary bravery and risked their own safety that day to save lives.”
Member for Parramatta Geoff Lee said the disaster continues to have a profound impact on the community decades on.
“Four years ago, the NSW Parliament issued an apology to the victims and again we say to those who suffered unimaginable grief, we can’t take away your pain but we acknowledge the awful impact of this tragedy on your lives,” Mr Lee said.
The Granville Train Disaster Association and Cumberland Council today staged their annual joint memorial service at the Granville Train Disaster Memorial Wall, where 84 roses were scattered onto the tracks in memory of the victims.
“This was a terrible chapter in our nation’s history, but we have invested heavily in safety and emergency systems to make sure it never happens again,” Transport for NSW Acting Deputy Secretary for Greater Sydney Howard Collins said.
“We are proud to continue to work with the Granville Train Disaster Association to honour the memory of victims and their families and we thank the association for the opportunity today to pay our respects,” Acting Chief Executive of Sydney Trains Suzanne Holden said.