Report released into collision between train and buffer stop at Sudbury

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has released its report today into the collision between a train and buffer stops at Sudbury on 27 January 2006.

The full report is available here:

A summary of the key points from the report is included below:


On Friday 27 January 2006 a passenger train operated by 'one' ran into the buffer stops at Sudbury station. The collision occurred at just over 6mph as the train was braking. Approximately 100 passengers were on board, with a number of them suffering minor injuries, and one passenger sustaining suspected fractured ribs. No passengers were taken to hospital.

The immediate cause of the accident was that the brakes of the train were not applied in a timely and appropriate manner. The only likely explanation of this is misjudgement by the driver. No further causal or contributory factors were identified.


The RAIB has made two recommendations as a result of its investigation. They cover:

Guidance for train crew on procedures following an accident;

A review into energy absorbing buffer stops at terminal platforms.

Notes to Editors

The Rail Accident Investigation Branch started operation on 17 October 2005. The sole purpose of RAIB investigations is to prevent future accidents and incidents and improve railway safety. The RAIB does not establish blame, liability or carry out prosecutions.

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