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Update on fatal accident at Surbiton

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The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has release further information about the recent fatal accident close to Surbiton station, following its initial enquiries.

In the incident, which took place at around 11:35 on Tuesday 9 February 2021, a track worker was struck and fatally injured by a passenger train near Surbiton station in south west London. The train, which was travelling from London Waterloo to Salisbury, was travelling at around 76mph (112km/h) on the Down Fast line.

Tyler Byrne was one of a group of four workers who were undertaking a planned inspection of switches and crossings. The work was planned to take place while the lines were open and with arrangements in place to protect staff from train movements.

The RAIB investigation will aim to identify the sequence of events which led to the accident. It will include consideration of the actions of those involved, the planned protection arrangements, the planning of the work relating to the inspection of switches and crossings where lines are open to traffic, and any relevant underlying factors.

Once it has completed its investigation, which is independent of any investigation by the railway industry, the British Transport Police or by the industry’s regulator, the Office of Rail and Road, RAIB will publish its findings, including any recommendations to improve safety.

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