Latest Rail News

15.06.12

Object deliberately left on tracks started train fire

An investigation has begun into a fire that started under a train in Mottingham in south east London on Wednesday night. 70 passengers were led off the train to nearby stations and many others joined them.

When emergency services arrived the fire was already out and nobody was hurt. Police believe the fire could have started after the train struck an object which may have been deliberately left on the tracks.

The fire damaged part of the first coach of the Southeastern train, which was headed to Gravesend.

Det Insp Ashley Cooper, from British Transport Police (BTP), said: “We are keen to talk to anyone who may have information about the incident, particularly two men who were seen running from the scene.

“The remains of the object will undergo forensic tests as part of the BTP investigation into the incident.

“This apparent act of vandalism could have had very serious consequences. Luckily, no-one was hurt and the train remained on the tracks.”

Southeastern said that services would be delayed on Wednesday night due to the incident.

Tell us what you think – have your say below, or email us directly at opinion@railtechnologymagazine.com

Image c. jasleen_kaur

Comments

There are no comments. Why not be the first?

Add your comment

 

related

Rail industry Focus

View all News

Comment

The challenge of completing Crossrail

05/07/2019The challenge of completing Crossrail

With a new plan now in place to deliver Crossrail, Hedley Ayres, National Audit Office manager, major projects and programmes, takes a look at ho... more >
Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

04/07/2019Preparing the industry to deliver trains for the future

The move to decarbonise the rail network involves shifting to cleaner modes of traction by 2050. David Clarke, technical director at the Railway ... more >

'the sleepers' blog

On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

29/06/2020On the right track, Sulzer is awarded RISAS accreditation for Nottingham Service Centre

Following an independent audit, Sulzer’s Nottingham Service Centre has been accepted as part of the rail industry supplier approval scheme (RISAS). The accreditation reinforces the high-quality standards that are maintained by Sulzer’s... more >
read more blog posts from 'the sleeper' >

Interviews

Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

24/06/2019Andrew Haines, CE of Network Rail, tells BBC News his organisation could issue future rail franchises

Andrew Haines, the Chief Executive of Network Rail, has told the Today programme on Radio 4's BBC’s flagship news programme that he would not rule out his organisation issuing future r... more >
Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

08/05/2019Advancing the rail industry with management degree apprenticeships

In answering the pressing questions of how current and future generations of managers can provide solutions to high-profile infrastructure projects across the UK, Pearson Business School, part of... more >