A TRAIN was severely damaged — and passengers delayed for hours — after it ploughed into a bicyle deliberately left on Hucknall, Bulwell and Newstead’s Robin Hood railway line.
The bike was placed on the section of track between Bobber’s Mill in Nottingham and the bridge near to the Wilkinson store in Bulwell on Thursday evening (March 1). The 6.55 pm Nottingham-to-Worksop train struck it at 7.10 pm.
The impact caused a a significant fuel leak and damage to the braking system and components underneath the train. It
British Transport Police (BTP) officers have launched an investigation and are appealing for information.
PC Robert Spencer, the BTP’s investigating officer based at Nottingham, said: “This criminal act, carried out for no apparent reason, damaged the train to such an extent that it had to be taken out of service in order to be repaired.
“Thankfully on this occasion no-one was injured but the consequences could have been far worse. Trains travel at high speeds and there is a very real risk when they strike objects on the track that they could be derailed.
“If you have any information that could help our investigation, we’d like to hear from you.”
Richard Pedley, community safety manager for Network Rail, said: “This just goes to show how one mindless act can have serious and far-reaching effects. Not only were passengers disrupted for several hours but significant environmental damage has been caused by the fuel spill.
“This is the second such incident in this area and I would ask anyone who sees anyone acting suspiciously or irresponsibly around the railway to contact the British Transport Police.”
Anyone with information should contact BTP on Freefone 0800 405040, quoting reference 589 of March 1 2012.