Southeastern: Standards

Department for Transport written question – answered on 12th March 2018.

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Photo of Heidi Alexander Heidi Alexander Labour, Lewisham East

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, whether the Rail Accident Investigations Branch will be involved in the independent investigation into the response of Southeastern Trains and Network Rail to the self-evacuation of passengers on trains outside Lewisham Station on the evening of 2 March 2018.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Transport), Minister of State (London)

The Rail Accident Investigations Branch (RAIB) are aware of the incident at Lewisham and the understandable public concern related to it. This has led to them to start what they refer to as a “preliminary examination” into the event. They are currently gathering evidence that will enable them to decide what further action they will take, based around the decision criteria they use. They currently anticipate a decision within the next two weeks.

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