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Major railway incidents

Below is a brief synopsis of both major and historical rail incidents. Within the pages you will also find accompanying relevant reports, outcomes and recommendations.

Since October 2005, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) also publishes reports into significant rail incidents, in their capacity as UK's independent body for investigating accidents and incidents occurring on the railways of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and tramways in England and Wales. Reports can be found on their website.

Date Incident
23 Feb 2007 Grayrigg derailment
6 Nov 2004 Derailment at Ufton level crossing
24 Nov 2002 Derailment of First Great Western high speed train at Southall East (PDF 120 Kb)
10 May 2002 Potters Bar
17 Oct 2000 Hatfield train derailment
5 Oct 1999 Ladbroke Grove

For archived major incidents please visit the National Archives website.

Historical incidents

Date Incident
30 Jun 2005 Level Crossing incident at Rawcliffe Bridge near Goole (PDF 110 Kb), East Yorkshire 
11 May 2004 White City train derailment (PDF 103 Kb)
15 Feb 2004 Tebay railway incident
17 Oct 2003 Derailments on London Underground at Camden Town and Hammersmith (PDF 111 Kb)
30 Jun 2003 Derailment of Gatwick Express Train near Redhill, Surrey (PDF 145 Kb)
28 Feb 2001 Great Heck - Selby
23 Jun 1999 Report into the train accident at Winsford South Junction (PDF 151 Kb)
19 Sep 1997 Southall rail accident
8 Aug 1996 Railway Accident at Watford South Junction (PDF 124 Kb)

Last updated: February 2013

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