De­railed train evac­u­ated

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS -

SOUTH Western Rail­way (SWR) has apol­o­gised af­ter 300 peo­ple were evac­u­ated when a train de­railed at Wim­ble­don rail­way sta­tion on Mon­day morn­ing (Novem­ber 6).

The in­ci­dent hap­pened at around 6am and there were de­lays to both SWR main line ser­vices and District Line ser­vices un­til around 3.30pm, de­spite lines reopen­ing at around mid­day.

Of­fi­cers from Bri­tish Trans­port Po­lice (BTP), fire­fight­ers from London Fire Bri­gade (LFB) and London Am­bu­lance Ser­vice paramedics all at­tended the in­ci­dent.

Four pas­sen­gers were treated fol­low­ing the in­ci­dent and eight fire engines sent to the scene.

SWR head of cus­tomer ex­pe­ri­ence Chris­tian Neill said: “I am very sorry for the dis­rup­tion many of you would have likely ex­pe­ri­enced while trav­el­ling on our net­work to­day (Mon­day) fol­low­ing the low-speed de­rail­ment of one our trains near Wim­ble­don.”

Mr Neil con­tin­ued: “We are grate­ful to the emer­gency ser­vices who re­sponded swiftly to this in­ci­dent and thank­ful there were no se­ri­ous in­juries to any of our pas­sen­gers.

“We worked hard to en­sure cus­tomers were able to leave the train as quickly and safely as pos­si­ble, with this process com­pleted by 8.15am.”

He added: “There is ex­ten­sive dam­age to the track which our in­fra­struc­ture part­ners are work­ing to re­pair as soon as pos­si­ble.

“Dur­ing the morn­ing, we also suf­fered two sep­a­rate train faults on our net­work.

“Although th­ese were rec­ti­fied quickly, this ham­pered our abil­ity to re­cover the train ser­vice.”

All train pas­sen­gers were safely evac­u­ated from the train by 8.15am.

London Un­der­ground ser­vices were sus­pended be­tween Par­sons Green and Wim­ble­don be­fore later be­ing pre-emp­tively sus­pended un­til close of ser­vice.

SWR said it had made al­ter­na­tive ar­range­ments to help cus­tomers with their jour­neys on Mon­day.

Pas­sen­gers were re­port­edly left “vi­o­lently shaken” dur­ing the de­rail­ment be­fore be­ing safely evac­u­ated from the car­riage.

Pas­sen­ger David Hol­man tweeted: “Train just shaken vi­o­lently in a train de­rail­ment out­side Wim­ble­don #de­rail­ment.”

Af­ter the evac­u­a­tion, those af­fected were taken to the sta­tion where they re­ceived as­sis­tance from mem­bers of staff.


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