Tuesday, November 30, 2021
- Advertisement -
Home Safety RAIB Report: Near miss with a member of staff at Rowlands Castle...

RAIB Report: Near miss with a member of staff at Rowlands Castle station

RAIB has today released its report into a near miss with a member of staff at Rowlands Castle station, Hampshire, 19 December 2020.


At about 19:14 hrs on Saturday 19 December 2020, a Network Rail Mobile Operations Manager (MOM) came close to being struck by a passenger train at Rowlands Castle station. The MOM was on the track retrieving a rubbish bag when the train approached at about 60 mph (97 km/h). The MOM climbed back onto the platform and was clear of the line about one second before the train passed.


The incident occurred because the MOM had not arranged protection from train movements before going onto the track, the MOM and the signaller did not have a mutual or accurate understanding about the reality of the situation, and because the MOM was otherwise unaware that the train was approaching. Underlying these causes are factors associated with the MOM’s competence, which was not adequately managed to ensure he worked safely on the track, and local management not functioning properly, which probably affected the recruitment, training and ongoing monitoring of the MOM.

Although not causal to the incident, RAIB observed that voice communications were not recorded due to a fault with equipment at the signal box. RAIB also observed that the automatic station announcements were not providing adequate warning to passengers of non-stopping trains at Rowlands Castle.


RAIB has made four recommendations and identified three learning points. Three of the recommendations are addressed to Network Rail and concern the competency framework for MOMs as well as management arrangements for operational response staff, at both local and national level. The fourth recommendation is addressed to South Western Railway and is aimed at ensuring safety-related announcements at stations are made in a timely manner.

The learning points highlight the importance of processes associated with safe systems of work and safety-critical communications, as well as addressing the observation on voice communications recording.

Photo credit: RAIB

image_pdfDownload article
- Advertisement -

Most Popular

London Mayor warns Tube line could shut if ministers fail to fund Transport for London

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has issued a dire warning that an entire Tube line could close if the Government does not grant...

Louise Haigh MP appointed new Shadow Transport Secretary

Louise Haigh MP has been announced as the new Shadow Secretary of State for Transport. Commenting on the news she Tweeted: "It has been...

Endangered hazel dormice to get first ever dedicated railway crossing

Engineers are building a tiny railway crossing for wild hazel dormice in a bid to save the endangered species from extinction. The new ‘dormouse bridge’...

Time-lapse released of Calder Valley line flood protection work

Impressive footage has been released showing major work to protect Calder Valley line passengers and surrounding communities from the risk of flooding. Network Rail and...