Lumo train went 50mph over the speed limit, say investigators

A practice operated by the finances rail firm Lumo went 3 times the pace restrict because it handed Peterborough station final month, in accordance with the Rail Accident Investigation Department (RAIB).

Passengers had been thrown from their seats and hit by falling baggage because the practice ramped as much as 50mph above the pace restrict, stated an announcement from the RAIB.

The physique has launched an investigation into the incident, which occurred at round 10.20am on 17 April 2022, on the operator’s 8.20am Newcastle to King’s Cross service.

In keeping with the RAIB assertion, the practice “handed over three units of factors on the north finish of Peterborough station at a pace of 75 mph (121 km/h)”.

This was effectively above the utmost pace restrict for the factors on this space, which is 25 mph (40 km/h).

“Passing over the factors at this pace meant that the practice instantly lurched sideways,” says the report.

On the time of the incident, British Transport Police stated 15 passengers reported minor accidents and had been supplied medical help by paramedics.

Investigators say they may look into “the way in which during which the practice was pushed, any components which can have influenced the actions of the motive force of the practice, the situation of the signalling system on the time of the incident, the character of the reported accidents” and “any underlying administration components”.

A Lumo spokesperson stated: “At Lumo, the security of our clients and workers is our highest precedence, and we will probably be co-operating absolutely with the RAIB’s investigation.

“Till the investigation has concluded it could not be applicable to remark additional.

“Within the meantime, we stay dedicated to offering the very best requirements of service to our clients.”

Launched on the finish of October, Lumo billed itself as the brand new “open entry” practice operator, taking up the state-owned LNER on the UK’s flagship rail hyperlink: the 393-mile journey between London King’s Cross and Edinburgh Waverley.

The corporate pledged that 60 per cent of tickets could be offered at £30 or much less, in competitors with LNER’s typical fare of £50. In an preliminary promotion, one-way fares from Edinburgh to London had been as little as £14.90.

The operator makes use of 5 all-economy Hitachi AT300 intercity electrical trains and runs 4 or 5 providers a day in every path.

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