New Breed Of Crack Found On Rugby Track
users in Coventry and Warwickshire face disruption until at least
Christmas after cracks similar to those which caused the Hatfield
crash were found on track in the area.
north of Rugby has been identified as suffering from faults which are
corner cracking, which caused the Hatfield crash, has been spotted on
track that was only replaced last year.
chief executive Gerald Corbett visited the Rugby area to see the
problem for himself when he visited the West Midlands earlier this
old worn out track was thought to be responsible for the faults. This
discovery means that areas closed in the past 12 months will have to
be shut again as the track is replaced again.
spokeswoman Michelle Conaboy said investigations were being carried
out to see where the problem lay.
corner cracking is the wearing down of the track on the inside corner,
at the point where the train wheels touch the rail.
got an investigation going on the way that work and rail maintenance
is being carried out.
are also talking to the train operators to see if there any changes
to the way that train maintenance is being carried out.”
170 miles of track has been identified as being in need of replacement
following a mammoth checking operation at the end of October.
Conaboy said the programme for repairs was aiming to have most of the
work completed by Christmas.
apologises for the disruption, but safety has to come first.”