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Network Rail update: Rail line reopens after train and tractor collision

Following a collision between a freight train and tractor, the Ely to Peterborough rail line reopened this morning (Tuesday 24th August) following the completion of repair works.

The crash resulted in extensive damage as three freight wagons derailed, and Network Rail engineers have been working around the clock to finish over a mile of track renewal, repairs to the signalling equipment, and level crossing infrastructure.

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Network Rail's infrastructure director for Anglia, Simon Milburn, said “we’ve worked around the clock on extensive repairs in order to safely reopen the line as quickly as possible. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we completed these works, and we are sorry for the disruption it has caused.”

It was shortly after 9am on Thursday 19th August that a freight train collided with a tractor at Kisbeys user worked level crossing in March, Cambridgeshire. Thankfully, both train and tractor drivers endured minor injuries.

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Network Rail have been working alongside the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) with their investigation to fully understand the circumstance of the incident.

Richard Tew, Network Rail’s head of safety for Anglia, said “this was a very serious incident, and we are working with RAIB to fully understand the circumstances and why this happened."



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