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Derailment probe checks embankment works

RAIL ACCIDENT investigators were last month examining whether work on a north London embankment contributed to a freight train derailment at the end of January.

Two goods trucks forming part of an 18-car train derailed on a section of track known as the Cricklewood Curve on 31 January, toppling on to the embankment. No one was hurt.

The derailment occurred where contractor Amco is carrying out embankment strengthening work under a £250,000 contract for Network Rail.

Network Rail said the contractor was installing gabion baskets at the foot of the embankment and dumping fill next to the track.

It was also removing Japanese knotweed and infilling eight air raid shelters which had been built into the embankment during the Second World War.

Amco refused to comment on the derailment.

The track forms part of a freight loop which branches off the Midland Main Line at Cricklewood. It carries four trains a day.

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