On January 25th 2003, a Central Line train derailed at Chancery Lane, injuring 32 people and causing chaos on the London Underground. The train had around 500 passengers on board, and the last four cars of the eight-car train were derailed. None of the passengers were seriously injured, and of the 32 that had suffered injuries, the injuries were found to be relatively minor in nature, including cuts and bruises and one case of a broken ankle.
The cause of the accident was a faulty motor which detached itself from the rearmost carriage after gearbox failure. The accident caused the entire Central Line as well as the Waterloo & City Line to be closed for over 3 months, as repairs were carried out on the tracks, and modifications made to the stock in order to prevent the accident from reoccurring. In the wake of the accident, an investigation was launched to determine the facts of the case. And the 2003 Chancery Lane tube derailment became a case study very familiar to those in the public transport sector.
Was anyone negligent?
The HSE found that the companies involved in the running and maintenance of the line were not negligent. The companies had undertaken reasonable measures to ensure the maintenance of the track and trains, and this was acceptable given the knowledge of the fault that was available at the time.
The HSE did however note some deficiencies, particularly in the communications during the incident. The fault had already been known and a line controller had already made the decision to withdraw the train from service at Holborn, however the accident unfortunately happened some 600 metres before it reached Holborn.
The HSE made a number of recommendations as did an internal investigation by London Underground Limited in order to prevent such an accident from occurring again.
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Date Published: December 9, 2015
Author: David Brown