Engineering train derails during redoubling work on the track between Kemble and Swindon
PART of the track between Kemble and Swindon that is currently undergoing redoubling work has been damaged after an engineering train derailed.
It is believed that the train came off the rails at a point somewhere between Minety and Swindon.
The line between Kemble and Swindon is due to reopen on Monday, September 2 once work is completed.
However, an anonymous source told the BBC that, following the incident, work on the line could be delayed by up to a week after the derailment affected more than four miles of track.
A spokesman for Network Rail said: “Two sets of wheels from an engineering train came off the track on Sunday, August 18. One wagon of the train was affected but remained in an upright position.
“We are currently undertaking an investigation and, once completed, it will help identify the cause of the incident. We are also assessing the extent of the damage caused by the derailed wagon, to enable us to make plans to repair the affected infrastructure.”
Nobody was injured in the incident.
The work to redouble the line between the two stations is part of a £45 million project by Network Rail.
Adding the extra track will allow up to four trains per hour to travel on the line in each direction.
Check the Standard’s website for pictures of the work being carried out.