The workers were inspecting a stretch of the West Coast main line near Kirtlebridge in Dumfries & Galloway when the Virgin train approached just after 9am on 14th November.
Image from a forward-facing CCTV image on the train show the track workers moving clear just before the train passed. There were no injuries.
The Rail Accident Investigation Branch – an independent government agency – has looked into what happened. “We have undertaken a preliminary examination into the circumstances surrounding this incident,” said the RAIB. “Having assessed the evidence which has been gathered to date, we have decided to publish a safety digest.”
It publishes a safety digest rather than carrying out a full investigation when it is clear that the lessons from an event have been identified by a previous investigation or relate to compliance with existing rules.
The safety digest will be made available in the next few weeks.