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Document Summary

The report into the 1999 collision between two passenger trains at Spa Road Junction, East of London Bridge.

This document was published in 1999 by Health and Safety Executive.

It was written by Health and Safety Executive.


This item is linked to the Accident at Spa Road Junction on 8th January 1999


The original document format was PDF File, and comprised 4 pages.The original document can be found here.

This document was kindly sourced from Office of Rail Regulation and is in our Accident reports collection. It was added to the Archive on 20th April 2006.

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"The accident occurred at a very busy period during the peak evening rush hour. It was dark and the weather conditions were poor, with intermittant rain. The Thameslink train had been stopped at a signal to await a clear route across the junction at Spa Road. When this route became clear, the train was signalled to proceed. Signals protecting other routes across the junction were held at "danger". The Connex train, which had run past a series of "caution" signals, approached the junction but its driver failed to stop at the protecting signal which is some 283 m (309 yards) away from the point where the two lines converge.

The Connex train approached the junction at about 39 mph at the same time as the Thameslink train, moving in approximately the same direction, approached from its left hand side at about 31 mph. Both trains were derailed in the collision which followed, and there was slight damage to eleven of the sixteen coaches. 282 people were evacuated from the trains, and about 100 from another train trapped on the viaduct a short distance behind. Four people were taken to hospital with minor injuries but none was detained."

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