Commenting on today’s Rail Accident Investigation Bureau report into the incident in February 2023 in which a Cotswold Line train carrying over 400 passengers collided with debris from a partially collapsed bridge carrying the Yarnton-Cassington road, Calum Miller, Liberal Democrat prospective MP for the new Bicester & Woodstock constituency, said:
"Today's report makes clear that a very serious accident was avoided only by luck. It points to serious shortcomings in Network Rail's processes to identify and manage the risk of collapsing bridges and structures. It's shocking that the need for work was identified in 2014 but was delayed from 2019 to 2029. Network Rail and the Department for Transport must implement the recommendations without delay to keep our railways safe."
A copy of the Rail Accident Investigation Board's report can be found here: