Road-rail access platform in moonlight flit
A road-rail access platform performed a moonlight flit earlier this month during an attempt to set it onto rails, reports the Construction Index.
The magazine details how on Friday 8th June 2018, the road-rail maintenance vehicle ran away towards Bradford Interchange terminal station from the Britannia Street road-rail access point, with operator and machine controller in hot pursuit, shouting warnings to other workers in the vicinity. Luckily, nobody was on the board the MEWP as it started to make its escape.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) said that initial evidence suggests that the runaway occurred because the on-tracking was not carried out correctly and the rail wheel brakes, intended to hold the vehicle on the gradient, provided insufficient brake force to do so. A full investigation will explore the events that led up to the MEWP escaping and the factors influencing the actions of those involved.