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Two incidents took place on 08/05/2019 that are being treated as malicious with intent to cause disruption and harm to railway safety.
At 06:29 a train struck an abandoned vehicle on the Morris Cowley Branch Line near Kennington Jn, Oxford.
Fortunately the crew were uninjured and the train was not damaged.
The abandoned vehicle, was removed and possession of the line returned at 15:55 with the train able to continue.
At 16:17 the driver of another train on the same line reports striking a 6 metre (20ft) length of rail deliberately placed across the line near them location where the vehicle had been abandoned.
The rail was pushed aside, with no harm to the crew and no damage to the locomotive, which was able to proceed.
The rail was deliberately levered onto the line shortly after the train that struck the abandoned vehicle had moved off.
British Transport Police (BTP) are investigating but it is yet known if the incidents are linked.
Fortunately on this occasion no one was harmed, However, the obstructions were intended to disrupt rail operations and these incidents may have had very different outcomes.
Placing objects on the line has clear safety consequences for rail passengers, train crews, our colleagues attending such incidents and to the individuals committing the criminal and malicious act.
We are all responsible for maintaining the safety and security of the railway. Access points, equipment and materials must be properly secured during works with lineside scrap and unused materials removed on completion.
Guidance can be found in Task Risk Control sheet NR/L3/MTC/RCS0216/GA25.
Further information on Railway security, including the HOT and WHAT protocols, is available on Safety Central.
Malicious obstructions, unusual objects or obvious signs of trespass (damaged fences welltrodden paths, criminal damage etc.) must be reported.
Colleagues should be alert and look for unusual activity or behaviour.
Colleagues working on the infrastructure should: