Cab struck at Liverpool Street bridge

29 May 2008

Debris fell from a 1,200 ton bridge onto railway tracks last night, leading to the closure of Liverpool Street station in London. The affected bridge was being worked on by Balfour Beatty and Carillion for Transport for London as part of the development of the Lorol project.

 

Debris fell onto the train, smashing the window, but the driver – an ASLEF member – calmly evacuated the train and no injuries were reported.

 

Various excuses were made, including heavy rail, and a spokesperson said it resulted from contractors jacking up the bridge. ASLEF officer Andy Morrison says the incident could have been much more serious and said it should be treated as a serious warning. The union has demanded a full investigation into the incident.

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