December 2010 in Network Rail and Suppliers
A reporter has raised awareness about a potential track defect near Cairnrobin level crossing. It is believed that the location of the track defect is about 50 yards south of the crossing on the Down line.
Severe jolting is being experienced by passengers on board trains running across this stretch of track. As a regular user of the Glasgow-Edinburgh route, the reporter notes that the problem appears to be worse on trains made up of three or more carriages and the further back in the train a passenger is located.
It is believed to be a track issue as the jolting has been experienced on different types of trains. The reporter believes passengers or Train Crew could be injured and that there is a chance of a derailment occurring if the defect is not repaired. The reporter would like to know:
Network Rail would like to thank the reporter for bringing their concerns to our attention
Could Network Rail inspect the track at this location and
repair any faults found?
Network Rail Infrastructure Maintenance is responsible for maintaining the railway infrastructure, and as such we maintain all 20,000 miles of track using standardised and efficient processes.
The track at Cairnrobin was last inspected on the 12 December 2010 within the laid down timescales by our trained and competent staff. Information from the track recording coach is supplied to aid our Track Engineers decision making; a maintenance plan has been created to bring this track back to maintenance tolerances. Tamping of this track is booked to take place week 48 - 27 February 2011 to 5 March 2011.
At present the track is fit for the current line speed and the track geometry will be improved by our planned maintenance activities.
Our mission is to provide a safe, reliable and efficient railway fit for the 21st century.