District line trains crash between East Putney and Southfields after tracks move

Wandsworth Guardian: Damage caused after two trains crashed between East Putney and Southfields Damage caused after two trains crashed between East Putney and Southfields

Commuters on the District Line might be concerned to learn two trains collided when the tracks moved.

The trains were travelling between East Putney and Southfields stations on May 1 when they caught each other, causing minor damage.

No-one was injured and there are no reports staff or customers were aware of the incident until the damage was discovered during a routine train check at the depot that evening.

The C Stock and new S Stock trains, which travel between Edgware Road and Wimbledon, were temporarily withdrawn from service on the branch while the incident was investigated.

Kevin Bootle, London Underground's (LU) district line manager, said: "It was found there had been a very slight movement of the tracks in this particular area which caused the trains to come into contact.

"London Underground engineers are now working to modify the track to ensure this incident is not repeated.

"As a precaution other areas of the branch were checked with no other issues found.

"The safety of our customers and staff is our top priority and we apologise for the limited disruption this may have caused."

Mick Cash, acting general manger of RMT union, said: "We share the sense of relief that no passengers or staff were injured as a result. "However the incident once again shines the spotlight on the cuts to track inspections and maintenance at LU."

Normal operating hours have been restored.

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2:23pm Mon 12 May 14

alroutemaster says...

Or maybe on the other hand it shows RMT members are not doing their jobs as diligently as they might........?
Or maybe on the other hand it shows RMT members are not doing their jobs as diligently as they might........? alroutemaster
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10:08pm Mon 12 May 14

Hove Ex-Pat says...

alroutemaster wrote:
Or maybe on the other hand it shows RMT members are not doing their jobs as diligently as they might........?
I think you will find that London Underground are not responsible for track maintenance between East Putney & Wimbledon. This is, & has for very many years, been the responsibility of Network Rail & it's predecessors. This is a fact that the RMT, or Ruin My Tubes as I call them, should know. But of course they do not want to ruin a moan with real facts.
[quote][p][bold]alroutemaster[/bold] wrote: Or maybe on the other hand it shows RMT members are not doing their jobs as diligently as they might........?[/p][/quote]I think you will find that London Underground are not responsible for track maintenance between East Putney & Wimbledon. This is, & has for very many years, been the responsibility of Network Rail & it's predecessors. This is a fact that the RMT, or Ruin My Tubes as I call them, should know. But of course they do not want to ruin a moan with real facts. Hove Ex-Pat
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7:09am Tue 13 May 14

alroutemaster says...

Hove Ex-Pat: Yes I too think this the case, but the maintenance crews are probably still RMT members, as you can't clean the bogs on the railway without a union card......
Hove Ex-Pat: Yes I too think this the case, but the maintenance crews are probably still RMT members, as you can't clean the bogs on the railway without a union card...... alroutemaster
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