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Timeline: Fatal UK rail crashes

Timeline: Fatal UK rail crashes   from: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/6392041.stm
Berkshire train crash aftermath
Seven people died at Ufton Nervet in 2004
The rail crash in Cumbria joins a list of accidents over the past few decades which have killed train drivers or passengers, and blighted the UK's rail network.


July 2005: A train driver was killed following a level-crossing collision in Kent.

6 November 2004: Seven people died when a high-speed London to Plymouth train, carrying around 300 people, hit a car parked on a level crossing at Ufton Nervet in Berkshire. Six of the dead were on the train, and one was the car driver.

August 2003: A train driver died after colliding with a car at a level crossing in Kent.


10 May 2002: Seven people were killed and over 70 injured when a WAGN service from London to King's Lynn crashed at Potters Bar, in Hertfordshire. Three of the four carriages derailed and one ploughed along the platform.

Former Transport Secretary Alistair Darling ruled out a public inquiry and the Crown Prosecution Service ruled no member of rail staff would face criminal charges, but Network Rail and the line maintenance company Jarvis admitted civil liability in relation to the crash.

28 February 2001: Ten people were killed when a GNER train from York to London King's Cross crashed at Great Heck, North Yorkshire. A Land Rover, driven by Gary Hart, had slid down an embankment from the M62 into the path of the express train, which was derailed and then collided with a freight train. Hart was later jailed for five years for causing death by dangerous driving.

17 October 2000: Four people were killed and a further 35 hurt when a GNER London to Leeds train, travelling at over 100mph, derailed at Hatfield, Hertfordshire. A broken rail was found to be the "substantial" cause of the accident.

Engineering company Balfour Beatty was fined a record £10m and Network Rail was fined £3.5m for breaching safety rules in relation to the crash.

5 October 1999: Thirty-one people were killed when two trains collided at Ladbroke Grove, west of Paddington station, in London, after one of them had gone through a red signal.

In October 2006, Network Rail admitted health and safety breaches concerning the siting of the signal. It is likely to receive a heavy fine when sentence, expected in March, is handed out. Train operator Thames Trains was fined £2m in 2004.

19 September 1997: A speeding express from Swansea to Paddington crashed into an empty freight train at Southall, killing seven people. Great Western Trains was fined £1.5m under the Health and Safety at Work Act in July 1999.

8 August 1996: One person was killed and 69 people were injured when a train collided with a stationary passenger train at Watford South Junction in Hertfordshire.

31 January 1995: A guard was killed and 30 other people injured in an accident at Aisgill on the Settle to Carlisle line.

15 October 1994: Five people were killed and 13 injured in a head-on crash after a train driver ran a red signal near Cowden, Kent.

June 1994: Two people died after a train travelling from Wemyss Bay to Glasgow derailed when vandals put concrete blocks on the tracks near Drumfrochar railway station.


The train derailed at Potters Bar
Seven people died in the Potters Bar crash in 2002

November 1992: One person died after a collision at Morpeth.

21 July 1991: Four people died and 22 were hurt as two trains collided head on at Newton station, near Glasgow.

8 January 1991: Two passengers died and more than 240 were injured when a train ran into buffers at London's Cannon Street station.

August 1990: A train driver was killed and 35 injured at Stafford station in a two-train crash.

6 March 1989: Two suburban electric trains in Glasgow collided head-on on a single track and two people died.

4 March 1989: Five people died and more than 90 were injured when two trains collided outside Purley station, in south London.

12 December 1988: In the worst train accident of recent years, 35 people died at Clapham Junction in a rush-hour collision involving three trains.

November 1988: A train driver was killed and 18 passengers hurt when a commuter train ploughed into a bridge after leaving the tracks at St. Helens, Merseyside.

October 1987: Four people died when a train fell into the swollen River Towy after a rail bridge collapsed.

September 1986: Sixty people were hurt and one killed in a collision between two express trains at Colwich, Staffordshire.



26 July 1986: Nine people were killed and 11 injured when a passenger train hit a van on a level-crossing at Lockington, Yorkshire.

December 1984: Two people died and 77 were hurt when a passenger train hit a tanker train at Salford, Greater Manchester.

October 1984: Three people were killed and 60 injured at Wembley, London, when a passenger train collided with a freight train.

The scene of the Hatfield crash in 2000
Four people died in the 2000 Hatfield derailment

July 1984: Thirteen people were killed and 44 hurt in a derailment in Falkirk.

December 1981: Four people died and five were injured after a collision near Seer Green, Buckinghamshire.

October 1979: Five people died and 52 were hurt when two passenger trains collided at Invergowrie.

April 1979: A collision between two trains near Paisley left seven people dead and 67 hurt.

July 1978: Twelve people died and 19 were injured after a major fire started near Taunton station on the sleeping car express from Penzance to Paddington.

June 1975: Two trains, including the Euston to Glasgow sleeper service, collided at Nuneaton station, Warwickshire, killing six people and injuring 67.

December 1973: A train derailed in Ealing, west London, killing 10 people and injuring 94.

August 1973: Five were killed and 50 hurt when an electric train hit a diesel train near Glasgow Central Station.

June 1972: Six people were killed and 126 injured after a derailment at Eltham Well Hall station, Eltham, London.

May 1970: Two people were killed and 13 were injured at Audenshaw Junction, Greater Manchester following a derailment.

May 1969: Six people died and 121 were injured when a London-Aberdeen express derailed at Morpeth, in Northumberland.

January 1968: A packed passenger train crashed into a low-loader being driven across a level crossing, at Hixon, near Stafford, killing 11 people and seriously injuring 27.

November 1967: A derailment at Hither Green in south London killed 49 people and injured 78.

July 1967: An express train from King's Cross to Edinburgh collided with a derailed cement wagon at Thirsk, North Yorkshire. Seven passengers were killed and 45 were injured.

March 1967: Five people were killed and 18 were injured when a train travelling from King's Cross to Edinburgh derailed at Connington South.

February 1967: In Stechford, Birmingham, nine people died and 16 were injured after a 60mph collision between two trains.


May 1964: In Cheadle Hulme, a train travelling towards Manchester took a curve at speed and derailed. Three people were killed in the crash.

December 1962: At Coppenhall junction, 18 people were killed and 34 injured after two trains collided between Winsford and Crewe.

June 1962: In Lincoln, three people were killed and 50 injured when a train from King's Cross to Edinburgh derailed.

January 1958: At Dagenham East station, 10 people were killed and 89 were injured after a collision between two delayed trains.

December 1957: A train ran through a red signal in the fog and collided with another train at Lewisham, south London, killing 90 people and injuring 173.

December 1955: Thirteen people were killed and about 40 were injured in a London rail disaster at Barnes when a freight train collided with a passenger train.

January 1955: Fourteen people were killed and dozens injured when an express train travelling from York to Bristol derailed and overturned at Sutton Coldfield station.

August 1953:At the Irk Valley junction near Manchester, 10 people were killed and 60 injured when two trains crashed on the Smedley Road viaduct, Collyhurst. The 7.20 am Bury to Manchester electric train crashed into the River Irk after it hit the 7.36 steam train coming from Manchester Victoria station.

12 October 1952: When two express trains collided at Harrow and Wealdstone, in north west London, and a third train ran into the wreckage, 112 people were killed and 340 hurt.


  • The UK's worst train crash was on 22 May 1915, when a wooden troop train and a passenger train collided at Quintinshill near Gretna Green, killing more than 200 people


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