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Investigation into train failure (1W95)
« on: June 03, 2011, 09:43:39 PM »
Investigation into train failure (1W95), Thursday 26 May
I would like to provide an update following the major disruption experienced on the
Thameslink route on Thursday 26 May 2011.
What happened
At around 18:30, 1W95 (the 16:30 Brighton to Bedford service) failed near Kentish
Town. The train remained stranded just outside the station with hundreds of
customers onboard for approximately three hours. This caused major disruption
across the Thameslink route throughout the evening and into Friday morning and
affected many people. As a result, there has been a lot of negative press
coverage about the incident.
We have identified that the immediate cause of the failure was a branch caught in
the pantograph of the rear 4-car unit. However, this does not explain why we
responded so poorly to the incident.
How we are investigating this incident
We are carrying out a full internal investigation into the incident. This will be led by
Steve Wright, Head of Operational Standards & Training. We have also
commissioned an independent investigation which will be carried out by Ben
Harding from the consultancy Atkins. Ben has over 35 years experience in the rail
industry spanning passenger railway planning, construction, operation and
maintenance both in the UK and internationally.

This exercise is not about apportioning blame; it is about improving how we
manage disruption and major incidents. We must ensure that we improve the
speed of our response, especially to incidents in the core and that we provide
humanitarian aid to customers involved in these terrible incidents.
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