EXTENDED CONTENT: Lumo train close to overturning at Peterborough

Likely wheels lifted off rails, says RAIB probe

A Newcastle-King’s Cross train operated by Lumo Class 803 EMU passed through Spital Junction, Peterborough, ‘close to’ a speed that would have led to it overturning on 17 April 2022, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has found.

In its investigation, it found that the 08.20 Newcastle-King’s Cross passed over three sets of points at the north end of Peterborough station at a speed of 76mph. The maximum speed over the junction is 30mph reducing to 25mph. Dynamic analysis undertaken by RAIB predicted a high risk of overturning at speeds of more than 75mph.

A similar instance of overspeeding at Spital Junction occurred on 4 May 2023 when a Grand Central train crossed over the points at around 65mph, causing minor injuries to at least one person.

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