UPDATE: Train derails at Gloucester
1:32pm Wednesday 16th October 2013 in News
A TRAIN derailed at Gloucester last night causing disruption on the lines today.
There is disruption on Arriva Trains Wales between Cheltenham Spa and Cardiff Central due to a freight train derailing at Gloucester station on Tuesday.
RMT General Secretary Bob Crow said: “Last night another freight train derailed in Gloucester leaving services into Wales closed for at least four days. The incident happened on the same day that a freight train derailed in North London causing total chaos.
“This pair of major derailments within 24 hours is deeply worrying and suggests that the policy of cutting maintenance jobs and casualising key works out to private agencies and contractors is coming back to haunt transport services with a vengeance.
“It appears that no one was injured in either incident and that is nothing short of a miracle. RMT will play a full role in the investigations into both derailments but we will also be stepping up our campaign to halt the jobs and maintenance cuts on Britain’s railways that create the perfect conditions for exactly these kinds of accidents.”
Trains may not run between Cheltenham Spa and Severn Tunnel Junction, with buses replacing trains between Cheltenham Spa and Lydney.