On This Day in History – The Buncefield Explosion

Fifteen years ago today, at 6am on Sunday 11th December 2005, the largest ever explosion and fire in peacetime Western Europe took place at the Buncefield Oil Storage Depot in Hemel Hempstead.  Miraculously there were no fatalities, and only 60 casualties; but in every other sense the impact of the incident was huge.  Summarising some […]

On This Day in History – The Reading Train Crash

On 6th November 2004 the 17:35 Paddington to Penzance train was derailed when it struck a parked car on a level crossing at Ufton Nervet, near Reading.  Tragically the car driver, train driver and four passengers died at the scene; whilst another passenger died a few hours later in hospital.  Fortunately though, this was the […]

On This Day in History – Ladbroke Grove

21 years ago today 31 people died and over 250 were injured when two trains collided at Ladbroke Grove.  First and foremost our thoughts are with the many people who are still affected by the accident years later. As well as being one of the worst train crashes in Britain over the last few decades, […]

Toddbrook Reservoir – What Went Wrong?

Two reports have now been completed into the cause of the failure of the slipway at Toddbrook Reservoir in Whaley Bridge on 1st August 2019: The “Toddbrook Reservoir Independent Review Report” by Professor David Balmforth, commissioned by DEFRA; and “Report on the Nature and Root Cause of the Toddbrook Reservoir Auxiliary Spillway Failure on 1st […]