Tangled overhead wires cause chaos for train passengers on West Coast main line

Trains are unable to run on the West Coast main line between Preston and Carlisle because of severe damage to overhead wires in the Lancaster area.

Most Virgin Trains, Northern and TransPennine Express services using the line have been cancelled or are running with severe delays.

National Rail said: “Damage to the overhead electric wires and a broken down train in the Lancaster area is resulting in all lines being blocked between these stations.”

Download the new Indpendent Premium app

Sharing the full story, not just the headlines

The West Coast main line connects London and the West Midlands with northwest England and Scotland.

Trains are currently unable to run on the 20-mile stretch from Preston to Lancaster. Some are operating north of Lancaster, to Oxenholme and to Barrow in Furness.

Coach operators have been booked to provide bus links but Northern customer service said: “There is no estimate for when replacement transport will be in operation.”

TransPennine Express is advising customers not to travel unless absolutely necessary.

Its tickets are valid for travel via the East Coast main line between York and Newcastle.

Virgin Trains is also encouraging to London-Scotland passengers to use the East Coast route, but this is also disrupted because of “a safety inspection of the track just north of York station”.

National Rail says: “Trains may be cancelled, delayed by up to 30 minutes or revised.”

Photographs issued by Network Rail’s Manchester office show serious damage to the overhead wires. It is not known whether the damage was done by the train that is now broken down.

Severe disruption is expected to last until the end of the day.

Source: Read Full Article