Salisbury’s Fisherton Tunnel reopened on November 16, 16 days after a crash between two trains that injured 14 people (RAIL 944).
But shortly afterwards, the lines closed again. A track circuit failure at the newly-rebuilt Salisbury Tunnel Junction prevented services from running for several hours. Buses were brought back for passengers between Salisbury and Romsey.
Crash investigators from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) believe slippery rails were a cause of the collision.
A South Western Railway service passed a red signal and collided with a Great Western Railway service at the junction in front of the tunnel’s eastern portal, as both trains moved onto the same track in the same direction. The impact caused both trains to derail, entering the tunnel together before coming to a standstill.
Ninety-two passengers on board the two trains were led to safety. Fourteen people were taken to hospital, where they were treated for minor injuries.
The driver of the SWR train, 74-year-old Robin Tandy, remained in hospital as the line reopened. But SWR Managing Director Claire Mann said: “Robin’s doing really well. He’s in good spirits.” The company said it was hoped that the part-time driver would make a full recovery.
The independent investigators are likely to take several months to complete their final report into the incident.
To read the full story, see RAIL 945