Metro railways

Overview: we are investigating train fire and electrical incidents and have engaged an electrical specialist from the Health and Safety Executive (HSE) to establish specific causes. We have asked Nexus to review their current arrangements for handling overhead line equipment 'electrical trips' to ensure workers, passengers and others are kept safe. We continue to monitor incidents involving passengers being trapped by closing doors during platform-train dispatch procedures.

Evidence: we investigated an incident of a small train fire that led to a live overhead line cable 'snaking' around a passenger train while it was at a station - no injuries were caused. This is one of a series of serious train fires involving life-expired trains, poor electrical control standards and insufficient levels of infrastructure and rolling stock investment. Passenger numbers increased 7% on the Tyne and Wear Metro network in 2014-15.