March 15, 2009 | Mark Paradies

UK Rail Accident Investigation Branch to Investigate Derailment on Docklands Light Railway

A press release from the UK RAIB:

The RAIB is carrying out an investigation into the derailment of a train at West India Quay on the Docklands Light Railway, London.
At approximately 10:02 hrs on 10 March 2009, train 706, from Bank to Lewisham was approaching the junction at West India Quay on the Docklands Light Railway, where the lines from Bank and Poplar join to form the route to Canary Wharf and Lewisham.  The train was being operated under manual control, following a software problem at Westferry junction a few moments before.  When the train reached the junction the leading bogie derailed.

The train stopped immediately, and there were no casualties as a result of the derailment.

The Docklands Light Railway at West India Quay was closed for some hours whilst investigations and repairs took place and shuttle services on other parts of the network were operated.

The RAIB’s initial investigations show that neither the condition of the train nor the maintenance condition of the points contributed to the derailment.

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I’ve ridden this light rail line several times when I was in London attending an IOSH meeting. Accidents always hit closer to home when you’ve been there or know someone who was involved.

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