RAIB in­ves­ti­gates Bar­row bridge col­lapse

Rail (UK) - - Network News -

The Rail Ac­ci­dent In­ves­ti­ga­tion Branch (RAIB) is in­ves­ti­gat­ing the con­struc­tion, main­te­nance and events lead­ing up to the par­tial col­lapse of a bridge over the Mid­land Main Line at Bar­row upon Soar on Au­gust 1 ( RAIL 807).

Its ini­tial find­ings sug­gest that drilling for soil sam­ples was taking place in or­der to as­sess the struc­ture’s con­di­tion. Net­work Rail had been mon­i­tor­ing these de­fects for ‘some years’, ac­cord­ing to RAIB.

Shortly af­ter drilling started cracks ap­peared in the foot­path, and then part of the ad­ja­cent wall, foot­path and drilling rig fell onto the rail­way. Ser­vices were sus­pended un­til Au­gust 3 as a re­sult.

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