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A signal error is thought to be the cause of a train crash that has killed at least 275 people in India, it has been reported.
An article on the Independent website says the passenger Coromandel Express rammed into a goods train in Balasore city in Odisha state on Friday causing between 10 and 12 carriages to derail. A third train, the Bangalore -Superfast Express, was also involved in the aftermath and two of its carriages derailed.
An early investigation by senior railway officials has said a mistaken signal was the likely cause, local media reports said on Saturday.
The Hindu Times also reported that the line was “partially corroded” where the impact happened.
The news website claims the investigation report said the Chennai-bound Coromandel Express entered the “loop line” after a “mistaken” signal, which was withdrawn straight away.
Indian prime minister Narendra Modi said he was “distressed” by the incident and that “all possible assistance” is being given to those affected.
The government has agreed to fully fund a new £200 million railway station.
Work has already begun on the Cambridge South station, next to the city’s Biomedical Campus.
It is expected to serve 1.8 million passengers a year, making it easier for people to get to the research site from the main Cambridge station and as part of the new East-West Rail line.
Transport for Wales (TfW) has successfully completed the first phase of electrification on the South Wales Metro and progressed with station transformation and signalling work.
An article on Insider Media Limited says the railway line between Cardiff and Pontypridd will open today (5 June).
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