THE track worker who was killed in an accident near Surbiton on Tuesday has been named by British Transport Police as Tyler Byrne.
Network Rail chief executive Andrew Haines said: ‘My thoughts are with the friends, family and colleagues of Tyler Byrne, who tragically lost his life while working near Surbiton on Tuesday. I know these words will do little to relieve the immense hurt and pain they are feeling.
‘The last two days have been incredibly difficult for the railway family. While it is too soon to know exactly what went wrong on Tuesday morning, in the days and weeks ahead we will be conducting our own investigation into the incident and supporting those carried out by the British Transport Police and Rail Accident Investigation Branch. It is vital we do everything in our power to establish the full circumstances that led to this tragedy.’
Network Rail Southern region director John Halsall said he had been ‘devastated by the death of our colleague and friend’. He added: ‘We are working with the British Transport Police and the Rail Accident Investigation Branch as well as carrying out our own investigation so that we can understand how this tragedy happened. Our absolute priority right now is to support family, friends and colleagues at this incredibly difficult time.’