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Speed limits for tilting trains

PLANS TO introduce high speed tilting trains on the West Coast Main Line could be hit by a review of the revised curving rules for new rolling stock in the light of last month's Hatfield train crash.

Railtrack principal asset manager Dennis Rapley said this week that following the Hatfield accident, it would be 'having a look again at the rules' for Virgins tilting trains.

It is one of many areas that Railtrack will be reviewing following last month's Hatfield train crash.

The new trains are being built to specific standards, so Railtrack has to understand how they will behave on its tracks.

Restrictions on the speed at which these new trains can travel around corners could be imposed if it is thought that speeding trains are more likely to cause gauge corner cracking.

Guage corner cracking is thought to have been behind the Hatfield rail break (News last week).

Virgin plans to bring in its fleet of tilting trains for the West Coast Main Line by 2003.

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