- 2 Dec 2010
Most of the train ended up in the field or canal. How on earth can it take 7 months to repair a bridge parapet?
Maybe more a case of having an enquiry to make sure something similar can't happen again, and putting together another test train to carry out whatever testing they didn't manage to complete. It may also be that they have to train up replacements for the casualties of the accident.Most of the train ended up in the field or canal. How on earth can it take 7 months to repair a bridge parapet?
It completely demolished / destroyed a significant chunk of bridge structure on the eastern abutment, basically a sizeable reinforced concrete parapet which looks like it was part of the abutment structure. Given the high energy involved, that may well have fractured more critical parts of the abutment.Most of the train ended up in the field or canal. How on earth can it take 7 months to repair a bridge parapet?
Presumably from the last crossover, although I've no idea how far that is. It is also possible they may introduce an extra temporary crossover near the site if one doesn't exist to keep the single line as short as possible, otherwise capacity, as well as journey time, will suffer significantly. As well as requiring reconstruction of the damaged bridge the accident site remains 'sealed' by authorities for continued investigation according to the French article linked up-thread. They're very fortunate the two lines follow separate alignments through the area so single line working is possible.Indeed, in July the new line will be opening with single line working, unsure yet whether this will concern the whole "Phase 2" part of the line or just the final section from the last crossover.
The damaged track and bridge are currently sealed by court action and only once these seals are lifted will the estimated 7 month repair effort be able to begin.