Command and control to be improved for stranded trains

REVISED and improved training on emergency procedures will be provided for 3,500 Network Rail and Southeastern staff.

This follows an incident on March 2 when hundreds of passengers self-evacuated onto live tracks after a number of Southeastern trains had become stuck on the approach to Lewisham station.

The serious incident occurred during the evening peak at the end of a week of extremely cold and icy weather.

Passengers are guided to safety from one of the stalled trains at Lewisham on the evening of March 2. PA/ELEANOR MAWREY

The failure of the trains, which were unable to draw current, led to passengers – who were given little or no information – leaving the train next to a live third rail and walking in darkness to the Lewisham station.

In the post-incident analysis, Southeastern and Network Rail decided to commission an independent report.

The report was produced by consultants Arthur D Little and Southwood Rail Consulting, and examines the circumstances behind the incident. It also provides a number of recommendations in co-ordinating communications between different organisations, and in sharing information more effectively with those on trains.

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