Press Release from the UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch: Accident at Jetty Avenue no.18 user-worked level crossing near Woodbridge, 14 July 2013
The RAIB is investigating an accident at Jetty Avenue no.18 user-worked level crossing near Woodbridge.
At approximately 18:20 hrs on Sunday 14 July 2013, train 2D88, the 18:04 hrs service from Ipswich to Lowestoft, operated by Greater Anglia and comprising a 2-car class 170 diesel multiple unit collided with a car at Jetty Avenue no.18 user-worked level crossing near Woodbridge. The train was travelling at low speed and was not derailed by the impact. There were no reported injuries amongst the train crew or the passengers. The car driver was also uninjured.
The car, which was towing a trailer, was using the level crossing to access a boatyard on the south side of the railway. It was significantly damaged by the collision.
Jetty Avenue no.18 user-worked level crossing is situated on the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft and is located approximately 0.2 miles south-west of Woodbridge station. It is fitted with gates on both sides of the railway which were recently replaced. It was not provided with telephones. The installation of miniature warning lights had commenced but they had yet to be commissioned.
The RAIB’s investigation will examine the design and maintenance of the crossing, the factors that may have influenced the actions of the car driver and the previous history of incidents at the crossing. It will also consider how the crossing was being used on the day, the extent to which users were able to sight approaching trains and the instructions provided to users.
The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigation by the Office of Rail Regulation.
The RAIB will publish its findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of its investigation. This report will be available on the RAIB website.