A man has been charged with a string of offences relating to arson attacks on a railway line, British Transport Police said yesterday.
Former rail worker Alan David Nicol, from Yardley, Birmingham, is accused of starting 12 fires, including one that brought rail services to a standstill earlier this month.
The 46-year-old will appear before magistrates in Birmingham today charged with arson with intent to endanger life, relating to the incident at a Signal Relay building in Rugeley, Staffordshire, on November 3.
A signal substation was destroyed, resulting in 100-plus service cancellations. Nicol, a railway industry agency worker, also faces eleven counts of aggravated criminal damage and obstruction with intent on the network throughout the summer of 2004 and more recently in 2005.