9th Dec, 2016

Train passengers escape injury following fire at Lapworth Station

Shaun Reynolds 26th Nov, 2015 Updated: 21st Oct, 2016

OVER 150 passengers escaped unharmed this morning after a fire broke out at Lapworth Railway Station on a London Midland passenger train service from Leamington Spa to Worcester Shrub Hill.

The incident occurred at 8.11am this morning where two crews from the Warwickshire Fire and Rescure Service, a paramedic support officer and an ambulance crew attended.

The train consisted of five carriages.

Approximately 175 passengers were on board the train.

Passengers on Chiltern Railway services between Leamington Spa and Birmingham Moor Street experienced delays of up to 30 minutes.

London Midland has launched an investigation into the cause of the fire and the independent Rail Accident Investigation Bureau has been informed.

A London Midland spokesman said: “We apologise for the inconvenience this will cause.

“We already had a number of trains out of service on this route mostly due to a combination of weather damage and planned maintenance.

“We have been able to get an additional train back in service this afternoon but will continue to monitor how this morning’s fire will affect services over the coming days.

“Passengers are advised to check their journeys and can claim their delay repay compensation if their journey took 30 minutes longer than scheduled.”

A West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said: “The passengers were taken off the train and into a shelter at a local school.

“Our staff were on standby while the other emergency services dealt with the fire.”