Report into near-misses on Wharfedale line published

Landslip Baildon

12:58pm 16th February 2017
(Updated 2:36pm 16th February 2017)

Network Rail has been told to improve its emergency response after three trains on the Wharfedale line passed over unsupported tracks.

A report has found that one near-miss, in June, was reported by a member of the public but not followed up by controllers, in what could have been a much more serious outcome.

Land underneath the single line track, at Baildon, had been washed away in heavy rain, over a length of between three and four metres.

None of the trains derailed and no-one was injured.

The incidents happened between 16:29 and 17:58 on 7 June last year.

The report, carried out by RAIB, found:

"A member of the public had noticed the washed out track and had reported it to the local Fire and Rescue Service who had then informed Network Rail shortly before 16:30 hrs.

"Around the same time, the driver of a train on that line reported there was flooding in the area, with the water being above the level of the rails.

"Network Rail stopped train movements and sent staff to inspect the track at the location reported by the train driver.

"The inspection found that the flood water had receded significantly, but did not identify the washout because it was at a different location.

"At 17:45 hrs, a second train passed over the damaged section of track.

"The driver did not report any fault, but a call from a member of the public was received by the local police stating they had witnessed this train passing over the unsupported section.

"The message was passed to Network Rail, but before the line was again blocked to traffic, a third train passed over it.

"This train also had not been stopped from running over the washout.

"The driver of this train saw the washout, but was unable to stop his train, passing over it at a speed of 38mph (62km/h). He subsequently stopped the train and made an emergency call to the signaller.

"These near miss incidents occurred because the reports of the damaged track from members of the public, via the emergency services, were not dealt with appropriately by railway controllers.

"The track damage was similar to a previous washout at the same location that occurred in August 2012. Since that incident, no action had been taken on the recommendations considered by Network Rail to prevent a recurrence."

The report recommends:

  • Measures to minimise the risk of further washouts at Baildon.
  • Improving the emergency response to incidents on the track by providing Network Rail responders with accurate location information.
  • Improving the effectiveness of communicating safety critical information between incident controllers, signallers and drivers.

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