Rail firm silent on im­pact of crash

Surrey Advertiser - - Front Page - Mis­ery across the board: the in­ci­dent caused rail chaos

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

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