Train travelled at 80mph with a door open for 23 minutes before passenger alerted the driver 16 miles into journey
- Passenger train travelled at 80mph with door open, accident investigators found
- Greater Anglia train covered 16 miles through Essex before driver was alerted
- Investigators found the door interlock system failed due to loose screws
A passenger train travelled at 80mph with a door open, accident investigators found.
The Greater Anglia train covered 16 miles through Essex before a passenger alerted the driver. A report by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said the door was open for 23 minutes during the journey on August 22.
Investigators found the door interlock system – designed to detect if any doors are not fully closed – failed because two door bracket screws had become loose and fallen out. This meant the train was able to move away when commanded by the driver.
A passenger train travelled at 80mph with a door open, accident investigators found (stock image)
Following the incident, Greater Anglia found loose screws in at least 60 out of 480 doorways on its refurbished Class 321 trains.
Greater Anglia said: ‘We apologise to customers affected by this incident. We take the safety of our trains and customers extremely seriously.’
A Transport Salaried Staffs’ Association spokesman said: ‘Passengers need to have complete confidence. This raises serious questions about the maintenance regime and security checks being carried out.’