A work train carrying long welded rails has derailed near Church Fenton in Yorkshire. It is blocking the tracks between Church Fenton and Micklefield and causing train services between York and Leeds to be cancelled, delayed or diverted, affecting Northern, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and LNER services.
Nobody was hurt when five wagons came off the tracks just before 02:00, and Network Rail workers have been on site since the early hours to inspect the damage caused and establish a plan that removes the derailed train wagons, repairs the damage and gets passenger services back to normal as quickly and safely as possible.
The train was delivering new rail to the area when the incident occurred. Before the train can be removed after a derailment, inspectors from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch will have to examine the scene. There is no indication of the cause at this time.
Matt Rice, Network Rail’s route director for its North and East Route, said: “I apologise for the disruption passengers are experiencing today as a result of the derailed engineering train at Church Fenton.
“Our teams have been on site since the early hours of the morning and we are working as quickly as we can to safely remove the train, inspect and repair the infrastructure, and get passenger services back to normal. I am grateful for passengers’ patience and advise those who need to travel today to check before they do so.”