Rail firm silent on impact of crash
NETWORK Rail has neither confirmed or denied whether the Waterloo Upgrade scheme will be delayed after a train collision caused a train to derail.
An investigation has been launched after a passenger train collided with an engineering train just outside London Waterloo on Tuesday morning (August 15).
When Surrey Advertiser asked Network Rail whether the crash would delay the £800 million Waterloo Upgrade scheme, which is currently under way, a spokesman said: “The work is progressing well and we will be assessing the impact of the incident.”
The derailment happened away from the work site, the spokesman added, which was protected by the barrier train involved in the collision.
“We will continue to monitor the situation carefully,” he said.
“Work to ‘re-rail’ the train is under way. Network Rail will then need to examine what, if any, damage was caused to the track.
“The incident happened as the train was pulling away from its platform at Waterloo. There were no injuries to the 23 passengers or two members of staff on board the train.
“The barrier train was in place to separate the ongoing engineering works at Waterloo from the operational train services.”
“An investigation to establish the cause of the incident is underway. It would not be appropriate to speculate on the cause of the incident at this time. The upgrade work continues.”
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has confirmed two inspectors are investigating the crash, which caused a South West Trains passenger train to ‘partially derail’.
It is the latest in a string of incidents affecting services to and from London Waterloo, causing major disruption – on Tuesday morning there were also ongoing signalling problems between Waterloo and Vauxhall and issues with a set of points.
Customers were advised not to travel to and from London Waterloo on Tuesday and Wednesday (August 16).
Passengers are reminded to check the South West Trains website before they travel and to use alternative routes.
Network Rail staff on the platform at Waterloo