Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 5°C

min temp: 4°C

ESTD 1874 Search

Ipswich/Claydon: Door on a Greater Anglia train travelling at speed opens mid-journey to the shock of passengers

20:16 01 September 2014

Ipswich railway station

Ipswich railway station

A Suffolk man has described the “shocking” moment when a set of doors in the driver’s cabin of a train blew open – turning the carriage into an “air tunnel”.


Andrew Marshall, of Stowmarket, said he was travelling on the 9.02pm Ipswich to Cambridge Abellio Greater Anglia service on Sunday when the incident took place.

The 20-year-old stressed none of the 20-30 passengers on board were injured or had their safety put at risk, but said: “I was left somewhat shocked when both the front external and driver’s cab doors suddenly blew open, revealing the outside world hurtling towards us.

“We must have been travelling at around 50mph in the Claydon area. The ticket conductor was walking towards myself, seated at the front of the train when there was suddenly a loud bang and a whoosh of air and the train effectively became an air tunnel.

“I turned around to see the outside world a little closer than I would have hoped through the open doors.

“At this point the conductor ran towards the front of the train into the driver’s cab and started wrestling with the external door, attempting to close it which I presume had become engaged in the open locking position as he appeared to be struggling.

“He was eventually able to close the external door and the driver’s cab door, resuming usual duties.”

The IT technician added: “I am no expert in health and safety. However, I would like to assume that there would be some sort of system in place to prevent the external doors of a train from flying open mid-journey.”

A spokesman for Abellio Greater Anglia said: “When operating the 9.02pm Ipswich to Cambridge service on August 31 which was being formed by a single carriage train, the connecting door situated at the front of the train which is enclosed as part of the secure train crew only, non-passenger area of the train, opened whilst the train was in motion.

“This door is not an external door for passenger use and is not situated in a passenger area of the train. The driver immediately checked and secured the door and the train was able to continue.”



  • The Class 153 Sprinter trains had a terrible reputation for doors opening during journey's when they were introduced back in the late 1980's under the Class 155 name. Conversion in 1992 to Class 153 railcars didn't solve the problem and because of the gangway external door on such a short train on what is the "new" end is weaker because they weren't intended for use on the main line but instead for branch line use such as the Felixstowe line.

    Report this comment

    Andrew Berry

    Tuesday, September 2, 2014

  • You appear to be well informed Steve , but who left the door open ???

    Report this comment


    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • "I am more concerned about possible terrorists on my door step rather than a open door on a train, " Perhaps you should consider relocating yourself from Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, Israel or somewhere similar I suspect you must be to let's say ......perhaps....Suffolk. There are NO terrorists on anyone's doorstep here.

    Report this comment

    Steve Blake

    Monday, September 1, 2014

  • I am more concerned about possible terrorists on my door step rather than a open door on a train,

    Report this comment


    Monday, September 1, 2014

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

The A134 at Assington.

This year’s death toll on Suffolk’s roads is now the worst since 2009 after six fatalities in the last 13 days, according to police figures.

Juliet Bellfield's charity committee has raised almost £1m for cancer care

Fellow fundraisers have paid tribute to the “inspirational” leadership of a Suffolk woman who helped generate almost £1million for cancer care.

Ipswich Crown Court.

A 43-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a seven-year-old girl has told a court he drove off in his car when he was confronted about the allegations by her father because he did not want a fight.

Colin Noble

Suffolk County Council could consider increasing its element of council tax bills for the first time since 2010 following the Chancellor’s Autumn Statement.

Secretary of State for Transport the Patrick McLoughlin (left) sitting with Haven Gateway Partnership chairman George Kieffer at a meeting held in Colchester about the A120. Picture: Warren Page

A final plan for a dual carriageway A120 between Colchester and Braintree could be presented to the public by autumn 2017.

On going work at Ipswich Station

Work on a near-£2million refurbishment of Ipswich railway station has started – and is set to continue until August next year.

Chloe Smith MP and Mark Pendlington.

The review into Network Rail’s investment proposals has been published – but there is little mention of any work to improve the main rail line between East Anglia and London.

An artist's impression of the restored brewery.

This is a first look at how a refurbished and converted former Tolly Cobbold brewery will be at the centre of a new housing development on Ipswich waterfront.

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, George Osborne delivers his joint Autumn Statement and Spending Review. Photo: PA Wire

Chancellor George Osborne said councils could put up council tax bills by an extra 2% if the increase was reserved to cover social care costs as he delivered his Autumn Statement today..

Kieron Dyer on I'm A Celebrity ... Get Me Out Of Here! 2015. Photo:  ITV/PA Wire

Former Ipswich Town midfielder Kieron Dyer shocked fans tonight when he quit ITV programme I’m A Celebrity...Get Me Out Of Here’, before making a U-turn decision.

Most read

Most commented

Topic pages

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder

Property search

e.g. Oxford or NW3
Powered by Zoopla

Digital Edition

Read the East Anglian Daily Times e-edition today E-edition

Great British Life

Great British Life
MyDate24 MyPhotos24