The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has launched an investigation after a passenger train overshot a station in East Sussex by 4km last week.
The RAIB is investigating after the 6.45am train from London Charing Cross to Hastings “encountered poor adhesion conditions” as its driver braked from 65mph to stop at Stonegate station. The train failed to stop and came to a stand some 4km beyond the station.
No signals were passed at danger during the incident, which happened on on Monday 8 November. A level crossing encountered by the train during the incident operated normally.
The train driver contacted the signaller by radio to report the situation.
The investigation will identify the reasons for the train’s inability to stop normally, and examine the arrangements for the servicing and maintenance of the rail head sanding equipment on the trains used on the Charing Cross – Hastings line, the information provided to the driver, the regime for rail head treatment, and other factors which may have affected the incident.
The RAIB’s investigation is independent of any investigations by the Police and the safety authority.