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Railways: Accidents

Volume 711: debated on Monday 1 June 2009


Asked by

To ask Her Majesty's Government how many rail accidents there have been along the west coast main line in (a) 2007, and (b) 2008. [HL3836]

Data on rail accidents are not recorded on a route basis. However, on the west coast main line, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch has investigated the fatal derailment at Grayrigg on 23 February 2007, and the dislodgement of containers from two freight trains on 1 March 2008.

A fatal accident occurred at Rugby on 12 July 2008 and has been investigated by the Office of Rail Regulation, as it occurred during an engineering possession, rather than on the operational railway.