Sunday 31 October 2021

Collision in Fisherton Tunnel, Salisbury, 31st October

Breaking News

Reports are of 12 injuries, and all persons now recovered from the trains. BTP tweet.



"158762 158763 on 1F30 17:08 Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol TM has struck an object in Fisherton Tunnel on the down line approaching Salisbury and derailed in the tunnel

159014 159017 159018 on 1L53 17:20 Waterloo to Honiton has then struck 1F30 in the tunnel

1F30 reported on its side in the tunnel"         
       (but images suggest that it is 1L53 which is at an angle, over the Up road)

BBC News

Salisbury Journal


WNXX Forum

"A Network Rail spokesperson said: "At around 7pm, the rear carriage of the 17.08 Great Western Railway service from Portsmouth Harbour to Bristol Temple Meads derailed after striking an object on its approach to Salisbury station.

"The derailment knocked out all of the signalling in the area. Subsequently, the 17.20 South Western Railway service from London Waterloo to Honiton then collided with the Bristol train."

RailUK Forums - link to images (which show 52803 from 159102) and of the two trains inside the tunnel, with 158763 on the right.

The situation inside the tunnel could take some time to clear in a difficult space, and only after RAIB release the site - noting the example near Stonehaven in 2020. Trackwork renewal will also be required inside the tunnel.