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Near miss with track workers near Kirtlebridge

Near miss with a group of track workers near Kirtlebridge, Dumfries and Galloway, 14 November 2019.

Image from forward facing CCTV image showing the track workers moved clear just before the train passed (Image courtesy of Virgin Trains)

Forward facing CCTV image showing the track workers moved clear just before the train passed (Image courtesy of Virgin Trains)

At around 09:02 hrs on 14 November 2019, a group of track workers undertaking a track inspection narrowly avoided being struck by a train travelling at around 125 mph (200 km/h), south of Kirtlebridge, on the West Coast main line. There were no injuries.

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

The safety digest will be made available on our website in the next few weeks.

Published 29 November 2019