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Collision between train and maintenance equipment, Stowe Hill Tunnel

Collision between passenger train and a trolley, Stowe Hill Tunnel, Northamptonshire, 7 December 2016.

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This item has been moved to the National Archives as RAIB has published its safety digest describing this incident. See safety digest 03/2017.

Rear facing CCTV image of Stowe Hill Tunnel (courtesy of Virgin Trains)
Rear facing CCTV image of Stowe Hill Tunnel (courtesy of Virgin Trains)

At around 10:00 hrs on 7 December 2016, a Manchester to London Euston express service struck an engineering trolley. This caused the outer pane of a window to be broken and caused some underframe damage. No one was hurt. The trolley was one of four that had been stored in the tunnel since the night of 4/5 December.

We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this accident. Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest.

The safety digest will shortly be made available on our website.

Published 22 December 2016