Tun­nel col­lapse – no pros­e­cu­tions

HSE will pub­lish find­ings of in­ves­ti­ga­tion into near-dis­as­ter in 2005

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - FRONT PAGE - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

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