A Network Rail worker has died in an accident on the railway near Surbiton station in South West London.
British Transport Police (BTP) officers were called to the railway between Surbiton and Weybridge at 11:39am on the morning of Tuesday 9 February following reports of a casualty on the tracks. London Ambulance Service and London Fire Brigade also attended and a 30-year-old man from Hampshire was pronounced dead at the scene. His family have been informed.
The train involved was reportedly the 11:06 service from London Waterloo to Hampton Court.
BTP officers are now working closely with colleagues at the Office of Rail and Road and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to establish the full circumstances behind the man’s death.
Detective Chief Inspector Paul Langley said: “This is a tragic incident which has resulted in the very sad death of a railway worker. Our deepest condolences are with the man’s family who are being supported by specially trained officers.
“We are conducting a full and thorough investigation into the incident and I would like to encourage anyone with information to please contact us as soon as possible.”
John Halsall, Network Rail’s managing director, Southern region, said: “We can confirm that a colleague sadly died after a collision with a train near Surbiton today.
“We are working with the British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) to understand the full circumstances of what happened.
“Our thoughts are with our colleague’s family, friends and loved ones at this very difficult time.”
Andrew Haines, Network Rail chief executive, said: “I am devastated to confirm that a colleague has lost his life following a tragic accident near Surbiton today. This is an incredibly sad time for the railway family.
“My thoughts, and those of everyone at Network Rail, are with the families and friends of the colleague involved.”
TSSA General Secretary Manuel Cortes commented: “Our thoughts and sympathies are with the worker who has died and their family members. Any loss of life on our railways is a tragedy.
“It would be wrong to speculate at this time about what has gone wrong, but a full and thorough investigation must take place, so lessons can be learned. Our union has been warning Network Rail about the alarming number of near misses and fatalities we have seen over the past year.
“Our Network Rail members do so much to keep our railways running smoothly day in day out and must be able to do this in a safe environment. Our union will never compromise on safety, and safety can never be taken for granted. It is simply not acceptable in this day and age that people go out to work and end up losing their lives.”