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A summary of RSSB's findings with regard to the Hatfield derailment.

This document was published on 16th November 2004 by Railway Safety & Standards Board.

It was written by Railway Safety & Standards Board.


This item is linked to the Accident at Hatfield on 17th October 2000


The original document format was HTML, and comprised 3 pages.

This document was kindly sourced from Railway Safety & Standards Board and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 11th September 2005.

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"The report found that the immediate cause of the accident was due to the fracture and subsequent fragmentation of the high rail over a 35 metre length due to substantial transverse fatigue defects in the rail head. It states that these defects had their origins in gauge corner cracks, a form of rolling contact fatigue, which had developed on the rail surface.

The report points to a number of underlying causes which led to the accident:

An incomplete appreciation of the risks presented by gauge corner cracking, and the consequent failure to develop and disseminate comprehensive instructions on its identification and the control measures required.

A failure to manage and execute a competent visual inspection regime, and to manage the ultrasonic inspections so as to identify the true condition of the high rail at the Welham Curve, and to take appropriate action to maintain the line.

An inadequate management of the contracts relating to the maintenance and renewal of the track asset.

The failure to ensure the completion of the urgent proposal to rerail Welham Curve as a result of a lack of effective project management, and a failure to take account of the potential risks of delay.

The failure to act on the findings of audit reports relating to a lack of adequate knowledge of the track asset. "

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20th October 2000
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3rd November 2000
Private Eye No. 1014 - Railtrack Boss Spells It Out

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Train Derailment At Hatfield: Second HSE Interim Report

5th July 2001
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30th July 2001
DfT Notes of July 25th 2001 Meeting with Railtrack

31st July 2001
Email - Re: Renewco

31st July 2001
Project Ariel : Whether and How to Restructure the Industry

23rd August 2001
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29th August 2001
Email - re: Ariel

29th August 2001
Email - Re: Ariel

4th September 2001
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14th September 2001
Email - Ariel treatment of lenders

16th September 2001
Email - Re: Update on Railtrack

18th September 2001
Email - Draft Minute

19th September 2001
Railtrack - Speaking Note

19th September 2001
Railtrack - Speaking Note (annotated)

20th September 2001
Email - Renewco Handling

21st September 2001
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24th September 2001
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26th September 2001
Railtrack: Project Ariel

2nd October 2001
Email: Ariel Update

6th October 2001
DfT Notes of Meeting Held on 5 October 2001 between Stephen Byers and Tim Winsor

6th October 2001
DfT Notes of Meeting Held with the Chairman of Railtrack on 5 October 2001

6th October 2001
ORR Notes of Meeting on 5 October 2001 with the Secretary of State for Transport

6th October 2001
Telephone note between Rail Regulator and Railtrack PLC

7th October 2001
DTLR Press Release 07.10.2001

10th October 2001
Note of meeting between Rail Regulator and DfT's Permanent Secretary

11th October 2001
DTLR Press Release 11.10.2001

12th October 2001
DfT Statement on Meeting Between Stephen Byers and Railtrack on 12 October 2001

23rd October 2001
DTLR Press Release 23.10.2001

31st October 2001
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8th November 2001
Notes of Regulator's Meeting 7 November 2001

25th February 2002
Concordat between the Strategic Rail Authority and the Office of the Rail Regulator

8th March 2002
Private Eye No. 1049 - Byers Confesses

August 2002
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16th November 2004
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June 2005
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24th July 2006
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