7 April, 2014
Important reminder relating to central London, central Newcastle and central Glasgow.
Those commissioning searches for sites in inner London (including Docklands) should ensure that all searches consider Network Rail and Transport for London tunnels. Searches in central Newcastle should consider the Tyne and Wear Metro (Tyne and Wear Passenger Transport Executive) and in central Glasgow the Glasgow Subway (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport).
In March 2013 a housing developer bored piling shafts through an underground railway tunnel in London. Having investigated, the Rail Accident Investigation Branch (RAIB) has asked us to alert Licensed Conveyancers to some important points of which to be aware in relation to railway tunnels.
The developer and builder in this case were not aware of the tunnel until the incident because
It is Ordnance Survey policy not to show railway tunnels considered to be part of an ‘underground system’ on its maps
You can see full details of the RAIB investigation on their website.