Union advises 40 mph max after IVRS failure

18 September 2008

ASLEF is advising its members driving trains between Wingfield and Tapton to adhere to a 40 mph maximum speed because of concerns about IVRS - the emergency communications tool which guarantees contact between all train drivers in the area and the signaller.


ASLEF has been informed by representatives of the failure of the IVRS system for over a mile south of Clay Cross Tunnel (between 144m 25ch and 145m 41 ch) and of further problems and unreliability in the whole stretch of track between Wingfield and Tapton.


The union has accordingly, on safety grounds, advised its members driving in the area to avoid running at speeds in excess of 40 mph. This will affect trains on the main line between Chesterfield and Derby and is likely to involve trains from at least eight companies, including Crosscountry, East Midlands, Northern Rail and three freight companies.


The union maintains that this is vital in order to ensure the safety of its members and the travelling public.


ASLEF has advised Network Rail of its concerns in relation to trains being operated at line speed through axle counter areas where the IVRS is not working and is seeking an urgent response before it feels able to reconsider the advice it has given to its members.

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