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UK News Network Rail was warned about potential problems four weeks before train derailment

01:15  13 august  2020
01:15  13 august  2020 Source:   news.sky.com

Scotland: Investigators confirm derailed train hit landslide

  Scotland: Investigators confirm derailed train hit landslide LONDON (AP) — A passenger train hit a landslide before derailing in Scotland earlier this week, killing three people, U.K. rail investigators confirmed Friday. A train track obstruction had been suspected of playing a role in Wednesday’s derailment near the coastal town of Stonehaven, about 100 miles (160 kilometers) northeast of Edinburgh, because it happened after heavy rain and flooding in the area. “Thankfully, fatal derailments are a rare occurrence on the U.K.’s national network,″ Simon French, chief inspector of rail accidents, said.

Before Wednesday, the last time a driver had been killed in a crash was in 2004; and the last Extremes of temperature had the potential to buckle rails last summer, forcing trains across Britain The regulator had warned Network Rail again, just four weeks ago, that its plans to address climate

The train came off the tracks on the Dundee-Aberdeen line just before 10 am , close to the old Carmont station near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire. The rail operator said it was investigating the derailment and that it was too early to confirm the exact nature and severity of the tragedy.

a tree in front of a building: Three were killed in the derailment. Pic: Newsline Media © N/A Three were killed in the derailment. Pic: Newsline Media

Network Rail was warned about not keeping up with extreme weather events four weeks before the deadly train derailment in Aberdeenshire.

Three people have died and six others were taken to hospital after the service from Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street came off the tracks near Stonehaven on Wednesday.

It is not yet clear why the train derailed, although rail industry sources told PA news agency that the suspected cause was a landslip.

Three people dead and six injured in train derailment

  Three people dead and six injured in train derailment The incident happened near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire.The force said those pronounced dead at the scene near Stonehaven include the train’s driver.

A massive derailment of an Amtrak train in Philadelphia claimed the lives of at least six people and injured another 140 people on Tuesday night, just one of a handful of fatal train accidents this year. Derailments are by and large the leading cause of train crashes in the United States.

6.53 am : The train calls at Stonehaven station as normal, before departing and heading south. There remains a gap of several hours between the train leaving Stonehaven and the derailment being 9.49 am : Network Rail Scotland reports that a landslip on the same line at Carmont means that


An annual health and safety report by the Office of Rail and Road (ORR) last month noted a spike in landslips on Britain's railways, demonstrating the "vulnerability" of the network.

Flood-risked parts of rail network to be inspected after train derailment

  Flood-risked parts of rail network to be inspected after train derailment Network Rail will inspect high-risk trackside slopes as part of a Government-ordered review after the incident near Stonehaven on Wednesday.Network Rail will inspect trackside slopes as part of a Government-ordered review after a landslip during heavy rain and flooding is suspected to have played a part in the incident near Stonehaven.

The derailment is an "extremely serious incident," Sturgeon tweeted. Rail industry sources told the PA news agency that the suspected cause of the incident Network Rail Scotland had posted a video earlier on Wednesday showing a landslip on the track at Carmont, believed to be close to the scene of

A train has derailed near Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire, Scotland, according to the British The train , which was travelling on the Dundee-Aberdeen line, came off the tracks just before 10 a . m Pictures captured close by show plumes of smoke billowing from the area just outside Carmont rail station.

It also said there were six times more flooding events in 2019-20 than during the previous 12 months.

The ORR criticised Network Rail for "not keeping up with the frequency and severity of these events" in its plans to address climate change and extreme weather.

"The last year saw significant increases in flooding, earthwork failures and trains striking trees on the line, which had a big impact on the number of delays on the network," HM chief inspector of railways Ian Prosser said at the time.

a close up of a map: The incident occurred in Aberdeenshire © Sky The incident occurred in Aberdeenshire

"It is so important that the sector employs best practice if we are to meet all the pressures on the network in the future and to make sure the railway plays its full role on climate change and reducing carbon emissions."

Responding to the report, Network Rail said its network was designed for a temperate climate and has been "challenged" by longer periods of high and low temperatures, storms and floods.

"Our climate is changing and we're seeing more and more of these types of incidents," it said. "We are acutely aware they must be addressed and we have drawn up comprehensive plans to do so.

Stations fall silent a week on from Stonehaven rail tragedy

  Stations fall silent a week on from Stonehaven rail tragedy Three people died when the Aberdeen to Glasgow train crashed into a landslide across the tracks on Wednesday August 12. Six other people were injured.Stations fell silent at 9.43am on Wednesday, exactly one week after the derailment was reported. © Provided by PA Media The scene near Stonehaven after the derailment of the ScotRail train (Ben Birchall/PA) A wreath was laid at Aberdeen station, while Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Transport Secretary Michael Matheson attended the silence at Edinburgh Waverley station.

A ScotRail train derailed at around 9.45 am in Stonehaven after reportedly hitting a landslide. The front power car and all four ScotRail carriages reportedly slid down an embankment after running off Footage posted by the organisation nine minutes after the first derailment reports showed flood water

Our New Measurement Train (NMT) monitors and records track condition information at speeds up to It helps locate and identify faults before they become a safety issue or affect our performance. The NMT and our other monitoring trains enable Network Rail to monitor its track without the need to

"There is no quick fix but we will continue to review the way the railway operates in extreme weather and build resilience into all of our plans."

a train traveling down train tracks near a forest: One carriage appears to be completely overturned © Sky News Screen Grab One carriage appears to be completely overturned

There was heavy flooding across Aberdeenshire on Wednesday, and at 9.49am Network Rail Scotland posted a video of a landslip and flooding on rail tracks at Carmont - which is believed to be near the scene of the incident.

"At Carmont, we've had reports of a landslip, which means services can't operate between Dundee & Aberdeen," Network Rail Scotland wrote on Twitter.

It is not clear whether the landslip is directly related to the derailment.

The government has also pointed to concerns about flooding and landslips.

Ross Moran, head of operations delivery for Network Rail, said: "We really need to take the time to understand exactly what caused this event.

"The railway is an exceptionally safe mode of travel, but we just need to take the time to understand why this has happened."

After speaking to Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon, Boris Johnson said the "most important thing" is to "find out exactly what happened".

The prime minister told reporters: "I do think it's a very good idea to look at the effect of substantial rainfall on all our vulnerable infrastructure everywhere.

'Reports of serious injuries' after passenger train derails in Aberdeenshire

  'Reports of serious injuries' after passenger train derails in Aberdeenshire The derailment of a passenger train in Aberdeenshire has seen a major incident declared following reports of serious injuries. Emergency services are responding to the "extremely serious" incident in Stonehaven after being called to the scene around 9.40am on Wednesday.Footage posted on social media showed smoke billowing above trees surrounding the railway line.A number of ambulances and a medical helicopter were pictured parked in a nearby field.The Scottish Ambulance Service said they had deployed six ambulances, special operations response teams, an air ambulance, and patient transport vehicles.

Emergency services have been deployed to a major train derailment near the Scottish town of Stonehaven, 15 km (9 miles) south of the city of Aberdeen. "I've had an initial report from Network Rail and the emergency services and am being kept updated.

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Network Rail engineers and Police officers work near the scene of a train crash by Stonehaven in northeast Scotland on August 12, 2020. - A passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland on Wednesday, with reports of Network Rail engineers and Police officers work near the scene of a train crash by Stonehaven in northeast Scotland on August 12, 2020. - A passenger train derailed in northeast Scotland on Wednesday, with reports of "serious injuries" in what First Minister Nicola Sturgeon described as "an extremely serious incident". (Photo by Michal Wachucik / AFP) (Photo by MICHAL WACHUCIK/AFP via Getty Images)

"As I understand there was about a months worth of rainfall in a short period, which undoubtedly aggravated the problem there."

Transport Secretary Grant Shapps said earlier: "The Rail Accident Investigation Branch are on their way to the scene at Stonehaven... We'll find out more from them.

"There has been some very extreme weather and concerns about landslips."

Local journalist Lewis Michie also told Sky News how the morning's flooding was the "worst flooding I have seen in the northeast for a long, long time".

Fatal crashes almost an annual occurrence on Britain’s railways in ’80s and ’90s .
The Aberdeenshire accident is the first time in more than 12 years that a passenger or member of staff has been killed in a crash. One woman died and 89 other people were injured when a Virgin Trains service derailed at 95mph on the West Coast Main Line in Grayrigg, Cumbria, in February 2007.The 300-tonne Pendolino train from London to Glasgow came off the tracks due to a badly maintained and faulty set of points.

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