Cheshunt in Hertfordshire is a 52,000-inhabitant strong commuter town for Greater London, since Cheshunt is located just 13 miles distance from Charing Cross. Its busy railway station serves the town’s residents daily to run into central London and back, just as Cheshunt Railway would have done when the line was built as the first railway line in Hertfordshire.
In those days the railway line was actually a 0.75 mile long passenger-transporting monorail drawn by horses, stretching from Cheshunt High Street to the River Lea, ending just a stone’s throw from where today’s railway station is located.
While today Cheshunt is more renowned for being the UK headquarters of supermarket giant Tesco and the erstwhile home of Princess Elizabeth before she became Queen Elizabeth I, Cheshunt would once have enjoyed great popularity in Hertfordshire ourely because of its railway. Naturally, even in our day railway accidents do occur from time to time but today we can hardly comprehend how exhilarating a train ride must have been for the very first railway passengers.
Steam engines in those days were hardly faster than a modern-day cyclist on a light-framed racing bike but for early Victorians it must have been incredibly exciting as well as frightening to hurtle through the countryside in wooden carriages at speeds no horse could match.
Lea Valley Park and the beautiful Lea Valley in which Cheshunt is situated are a popular tourist destination. A train journey from Charing Cross takes no time at all; birdwatchers and anglers in particular head for the lovely man-made lakes in the River Lea flood plain, part of the 1,000 acres River Lea Country Park.
If an over-enthusiastic train driver in charge of those early Victorian steam engines had overlooked a signal and ploughed the train into a field or if the railway station had caught fire because too much rubbish had been stored on the platforms and a carelessly thrown away match had ignited this, the victims of those accidents would not have been able to claim compensation for their pain and suffering.
Luckily, today accident victims can claim compensation, when they suffer injuries as a result of somebody else’s carelessness. Although recent examples of railway accidents have shown that some railway operators seemingly expect to get away with proverbial “murder”, the enormous fines and subsequent claims for compensation that resulted from disasters like King’s Cross underground station’s fire or Clapham’s railway crash have made railway operators sit up and listen carefully to what consumer groups representing commuters have been telling them for decades about safety measures.
Would you qualify for making a personal injury claim with an accident solicitor in Cheshunt?
If you suffered injuries in an accident, you can claim compensation with an accident solicitor in Cheshunt or a national specialist like Accident Advice Helpline provided:
- Your accident happened within the last 3 years
- Somebody else was responsible for your accident
TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who is the patron of Accident Advice Helpline, and has supported consumer rights for many years, hopes in the future more people will be aware of their legal right to claim compensation.
If you think you have a valid claim, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 to speak to an advisor.
Date Published: 16th July 2013
Author: David Brown