Tunnel collapse – no prosecutions
HSE will publish findings of investigation into near-disaster in 2005
NO one will be prosecuted for the Gerrards Cross tunnel disaster which narrowly missed collapsing on two trains and causing a major tragedy 10 years ago.
The decision is going to be among the findings in a report set to be published this year by the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), highlighting how the building industry can learn from the catastrophe.
The disaster happened in June 2005 when the tunnel, built over the railway line in Gerrards Cross so a Tesco supermarket could be built on top of it, caved in, bringing 25,000 tonnes of f earth h crashing down.
It was only by good fortune the tunnel did not collapse on two nearby trains.
One of the trains was at Gerrards Cross station, with another travelling in the opposite direction and set to pass through the tunnel.
The collapse missed both trains by a matter of minutes, and early reports showed the most likely cause was that soil used to fill in above the tunnel arches had been unevenly distributed. Heavy rainfall in the days leading up to the incident is also thought to have played a part.
The HSE has now completed its 10year investigation and the report due out this year will answer such questions. It will also make recommendations to the industry to ensure nothing else like it happens in future.
A statement from the organisation said: “HSE has completed its investigationv into the rai railway tunnel collap apse at Gerrards Cr Cross of June 2005.
“No party will be pr prosecuted. We in intend to publish a te technical report la later this year high highlighting lessons l learned df for theh industry.”id
No date has been set for publication.
Gerrards Cross Parish Council chairman Chris Brown said: “I think people will definitely still be interested to find out as much as they can about this. It was such a big incident in this area, and people living here obviously still remember it.
“It will be interesting to see the report when it comes out.”