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TRACK TROUBLE: Investigation launched after train collision in Kings Langley

 Published on: 29th May 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

An investigation has been launched after a train collided with a temporary road-rail vehicle access point in Kings Langley.

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) is looking into what caused the collision, which occurred at around 6.43am on April 25.

The Wolverhampton to London Euston train crashed into a temporary road-rail vehicle access point, which is a structure designed to help engineering vehicles access the track for engineering work.

The temporary access point is usually removed once engineering work is complete.

The incident caused damage to the train, which then had to be held at Watford Junction. Subsequently, it also caused significant disruption as it blocked a line through Watford.

The RAIB report says: “Rail ballast and debris resulting from this collision struck a second train which was travelling in the opposite direction on an adjacent line.

“Ballast also struck the platforms at Kings Langley station, which were at that time unoccupied.

“The temporary access point had been used during the previous night as part of rectification work to overhead line electrification equipment.

“No one was injured as a result of the collision and neither train derailed. The damage caused to both trains meant they were unable to continue in service.

“We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident. Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest.”

The safety digest, which will be carried out instead of a full RAIB investigation, will provide recommendations to avoid any similar incidents.

RAIB aims to publish safety digests within three months of an incident.

Photo Credit: RAIB

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