Serious incident near Thirsk station

Cutting of rail from a line open to traffic, near Thirsk station, East Coast Main Line, 11 January 2006

On Wednesday 11 January 2006 a gang of track workers started to remove a rail on the line just north of Thirsk station. It was then discovered that the rail had been severed on a line that was still open to traffic, and that the worksite had been established outside of an engineering possession.

A range of causal factors and two contributory factors to this incident have been identified.

RAIB has made eight recommendations as a result of its investigation:

  • One recommendation to the RSSB to covering forms used during possessions 
  • Seven recommendations to Network Rail covering staff briefings, procedures and documentation.


Response to recommendations:

  • RAIB will periodically update the status of recommendations as reported to us by the relevant safety authority or public body
  • RAIB may add comment, particularly if we have concerns regarding these responses.

RAIB recommendation response for Thirsk station

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