Your browser is no longer supported

For the best possible experience using our website we recommend you upgrade to a newer version or another browser.

Your browser appears to have cookies disabled. For the best experience of this website, please enable cookies in your browser

We'll assume we have your consent to use cookies, for example so you won't need to log in each time you visit our site.
Learn more

Trackwork scrutiny following Tube derailment

News

INVESTIGATIONS INTO a derailment on the London Underground on Tuesday are set to centre on recent track work carried out by tube contractor Metronet.

The derailment at White City on the Central Line happened on Tuesday lunchtime when the leading bogie of the seventh car of a westbound train derailed at around 25km/hr.

Nobody was injured but the derailment caused major disruption. The Central Line remained closed as NCE went to press on Tuesday evening.

A Metronet spokeswoman said there was no indication at this stage on the cause of the incident. But she confirmed that the company had been working on sets of points in the area to smooth out curves during the last few weeks.

Speed restrictions of 30km/hr were in place over a 100m section of the track at the time of derailment.

This week's accident comes just 16 months after 32 people were injured on the same line at Chancery Lane (NCE 30 January 2003). This incident was caused by a traction motor detaching from the train, derailing it.

London Underground (LU) modified around 80 trains and the entire Central Line was closed for several weeks following the incident.

Metronet took over the line in April last year as part of a 30 year deal to maintain, operate and upgrade two thirds of the Tube network. The derailment is the second to hit the firm following a similar accident on the Piccadilly Line in October last year (NCE 23 October 2003). It was blamed on flaws in LU's track maintenance regime.

Have your say

You must sign in to make a comment

Please remember that the submission of any material is governed by our Terms and Conditions and by submitting material you confirm your agreement to these Terms and Conditions. Please note comments made online may also be published in the print edition of New Civil Engineer. Links may be included in your comments but HTML is not permitted.