Beattock RAIB investigation

RAIB: Train sped through 5mph restriction zone at 45mph near Beattock

An investigation is under way after a passenger train travelled at 45mph through a 5mph restriction zone near Beattock, put in place due to problems with an embankment.

The Avanti West Coast passenger service between Glasgow Central and London Euston entered the emergency speed restriction near Beattock, in Dumfries and Galloway, at 12.25pm on December 20, 2020.

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According to the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB), the restriction was in place “because of the earlier failure of an embankment”.

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But, the independent body added there had been “no adverse consequences as a result of the overspeed”. They have now launched a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding the incident.

A safety digest will be published in the next few weeks based on evidence gathered to date.

A spokeswoman for Avanti West Coast said: “We are co-operating fully with RAIB as they carry out their inquiries.”

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