At around 16:20 hrs on 5 October 2016, a mobility scooter user crossing the railway at Alice Holt footpath crossing, adjacent to Bentley Station in Hampshire, was struck and fatally injured by a through train travelling from Alton to Waterloo.
The footpath crossing, over two railway tracks, links the village of Bentley with the countryside to the south. It is on a section of a long distance route (The Shipwrights Way) described as suitable for walkers, cyclists and mobility vehicles.
Our investigation will seek to identify the sequence of events which led to the accident and consider any factors which may have influenced the actions of the mobility scooter user. It will also consider whether the design and/or management of the crossing were factors in the accident.
Our investigation is independent of any investigation by the railway industry, the Office of Rail and Road, or the British Transport Police.
We will publish our findings, including any safety recommendations, at the conclusion of our investigation; these will be available on our RAIB website.
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