Kirkby station to resume services after train derailment

Kirkby train station is to resume services today following the clean-up of a train derailment.

On Saturday, March 15, there were dramatic scenes at the rail station after a train derailed and crashed into the platform.

The driver was taken to hospital and was "shaken up," but fortunately not injured.

Engineers have since been at the scene assessing how the train involved in the crash could be removed.

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Cllr Ken McGlashan, who sits on the city region’s transport committee, told members of Knowsley Council that damage to the train’s wheels meant it could not be driven down the track and would need to be placed on a “skate” – a smaller set of wheels that would allow the train to be moved slowly to the depot at Kirkdale.

Officials from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) and the Office for Rail and Road were also in Kirkby making enquiries.

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They said a full report with safety recommendations would be produced if any failures were identified from the weekend's accident.

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Merseyrail confirmed services would be resuming today.

A spokewoman said: "We are pleased to confirm that the repair work carried out by Network Rail has been completed at Kirkby Station and that Merseyrail services will resume on Monday 22 March.

"For the most up-to-date information please check the Merseyrail website or follow us on Twitter @Merseyrail."

The smash happened as the train was coming into the station and hit the buffer stop, leading to a large amount of damage to the train, the surrounding station walls, and parts of the platform, which partly caved in.

Investigators said they were "keeping an open mind" as to the cause of the crash.

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All twelve passengers and two crew members were able to walk away from the crash, although the driver was taken to hospital as a precaution.

However, the crash did cause significant damage to the station itself, with part of the platform appearing to have caved in.

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