May 30, 2022 | Susan Napier-Sewell

Track Worker Struck by Train, Chalfont & Latimer Station, Buckinghamshire

Chalfont & Latimer

At around 9:31, Friday, April 15, 2022, a track worker was struck by a train near Chalfont & Latimer station, Buckinghamshire, sustaining injuries that required hospital treatment.

Let’s look at what happened when the track worker was struck by a train near Chalfont & Latimer Station.

The train involved, which was a London Underground Metropolitan line service from Baker Street to Chesham, was traveling at around 25 mph (40 km/h) on a section of track used by trains running in both directions, where the maximum permitted speed is 35 mph (56 km/h). There are two other running lines at this location.

The track worker was part of a group of three staff who were undertaking a scheduled track inspection.

This was planned to take place while lines were open to traffic and with a system of work in place intended to keep staff away from moving trains.

RAIB says that its investigation will aim to identify the sequence of events which led to the accident and will include consideration of:

  • the actions of those involved;
  • the planned system of work;
  • the arrangements in place for planning work where lines are open to traffic;
  • the management of the competence of track workers;
  • any relevant underlying factors.

RAIB offers that its investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road.

AAIB says, “We will publish our findings, including any recommendations to improve safety, at the conclusion of our investigation.”

Source: RAIB, “Track worker struck by a train near Chalfont & Latimer station.

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