April 14, 2008 | Mark Paradies

Investigation into a derailment on Docklands Light Railway near Deptford Bridge station

A press release from the UK Rail Accident Investigation Board:

The RAIB is carrying out an investigation into a derailment of a Docklands Light Railway train near Deptford Bridge station on 4 April 2008.

At 05:27 hrs on 4 April the 05:19 hrs service from Lewisham had just left Deptford Bridge station, and was traveling towards Greenwich, when it struck an object on the track and was derailed by the second axle of the first bogie. The front of the train came to a rest 88 meters after hitting the object. There were no injuries to the 59 persons on board the train and all were evacuated safely back to Deptford Bridge station.

The train, which was the first train of the day from Lewisham, was under automatic operation. The object on the track was found to be a steel drilling template that had been in use during engineering activities the previous night.

The RAIB’s investigation into the derailment is independent of any investigations by the safety authority.

The RAIB will publish a report, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation.  This report will be available on the RAIB website:


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The Chief Inspector for the UK RAIB is Carolyn Griffiths. She is one of the Keynote Speakers at the TapRooT® Summit being Held on June 25-27 in Las Vegas, Nevada. For more information about the Summit and for registration, see:


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