Mainline Rail link severed by Plane Crash

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http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601102&sid=aSHWf9.u2.Ys&refer=uk
Jan. 2 (Bloomberg) -- Britain’s busiest train line was partially closed after a light aircraft crashed near tracks, killing two people.

The pilot and passenger died when the single propeller aircraft hit power lines and crashed at the village of Little Haywood, near Stafford, Staffordshire Police spokeswoman Faye Casey said in a statement.

The West Coast Mainline, which serves northwestern England and Scotland, closed between Rugby and Stafford after the crash, which happened shortly before midday local time today, Network Rail Ltd., the government-backed owner of Britain’s rail tracks, said in a statement. The company couldn’t say when the stretch of line would be back in service.

All Virgin Trains services to and from London were canceled for two hours as alternative routes were found, the company said.

Virgin services were later rerouted through the West Midlands. Passengers with tickets for travel today will be able to use them on services tomorrow, Virgin said. Services will be disrupted for the rest of the day and there will be further cancelations, Virgin said.

There are 2,000 train journeys each day on the West Coast Mainline, which was built in the 1840s, and 75 million passenger journeys are made each year on the route, according to Network Rail.
 
#2
Its just typical that the mainline gets repaired and is the fastest its ever been. And then someone crashes their plane onto it! You couldn't make it up, etc...
 
#3
Mind you, thanks to Dr Beeching/Clive Serpell there's no diversionary routes either! Imagine, the main North South rail supply network cut off by a solitary German Bombing Raid in 1941. The whole point of multiple lines is that you have built in redundancy so that the network can still operate albeit in a reduced capacity. Sadly, successive governments of both hues haven't really done much to redress that.
 
#4
What I still can't understand is how the hell he landed on the railway line.
 
#5
PartTimePongo said:
What I still can't understand is how the hell he landed on the railway line.
Question is did they each have the correct PPE and an up to date PTS card?
 
#6
Holdfast said:
PartTimePongo said:
What I still can't understand is how the hell he landed on the railway line.
Question is did they each have the correct PPE and an up to date PTS card?
The risk assessment and method statement must have been a sight to behold. Do you think they'd flown from Rimini?
 

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