Rail Accident Investigation Branch Press Release: Investigation into a fatal accident at Kings Mill No1 bridleway crossing, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, 2 May 2012
The RAIB is carrying out an investigation into a fatal accident that occurred at Kings Mill No 1 bridleway crossing, Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, on Wednesday 2 May 2012. At about 16:30 hrs a passenger train, the 15:55 hrs service from Nottingham to Mansfield Woodhouse, which was travelling at 56 mph, struck and killed a 34 year old man who was cycling over the crossing.
The crossing, which carries a public footpath and bridleway over a two-track railway, is close to housing and an industrial estate. It is also on the route of the Timberland Trail, a multi-user recreational pathway and cycle route.
Kings Mill crossing is equipped with gates which are intended to be self-closing, and telephones (for use by people in charge of animals) which provide communication with the railway control centre at Derby. Instructions relating to the crossing are displayed on signs on both sides of the railway.
The RAIB’s investigation will identify the sequence of events, including the actions of the cyclist, that led to the accident. It will also examine the condition of Kings Mill crossing and its history, design, operation and management.
The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigations by the British Transport Police and the safety authority (the Office of Rail Regulation).
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.