On 10 May 2007 at 06.40, an EWS empty coal train derailed on its approach to Newcastle station and caused significant damage to operating equipment on the track and King Edward Bridge; in addition several wagons were severely damaged. There were no injuries but train services were disrupted and some tracks were closed for several days.
The immediate cause of the incident was a combination of a relatively minor track defect and a distorted wagon frame. Causal factors involved the wagon experiencing a twist as it passed over a set of points. There were also five contributory factors.
RAIB has made four recommendations as a result of this incident. These involve:
- the design and maintenance of the Carlisle line crossover at King Edward Bridge
- standards for track inspection and maintenance
- procedures to detect defective wagons on the network.
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.