Broken-down train causes Manchester Piccadilly disruption: Generic signal picture 16x9

Friday 26 Nov 2021

Broken-down train causes Manchester Piccadilly disruption

Region & Route:
North West & Central
| North West & Central: North West

Passengers in the North West are being warned of major delays after a train broke down outside Manchester Piccadilly station.

A Northern service from Buxton to Manchester Piccadilly came to a stop at around 8.30am today (Friday 26 November).

This blocked a key junction for around 90 minutes, stopping other trains from arriving or departing from the North West’s biggest railway station.

The broken down train has now been recovered but Network Rail is warning the issue will cause knock-on delays for train service over the next several hours.

Northern tickets are being accepted by a number of other train operators and on Manchester's Metrolink*.

People planning to travel today are urged to check for the latest travel information.

Chris Pye, Network Rail’s North West route infrastructure director, said: “We’re sorry to passengers delayed by a broken-down train outside Manchester Piccadilly station this morning. It blocked a key junction into the North West’s busiest railway station for around 90 minutes. Our engineers have now moved the train but the fault continues to cause knock-on delays across the region. We thank people for their patience and advise anyone planning to travel today to check National Rail Enquiries for the latest travel information.”

Passengers can also follow the latest updates on Manchester Piccadilly’s Twitter account, @NetworkRailMAN.

Notes to Editors

*Northern tickets can be used on:

  • Avanti West Coast services between Manchester Piccadilly and Stoke/Crewe
  • Transport for Wales services between Crewe and Manchester Piccadilly
  • East Midlands Railway services between Sheffield and Liverpool Lime Street
  • Metrolink on the whole of the Network

Contact information

Passengers / community members
Network Rail national helpline
03457 11 41 41

Latest travel advice
Please visit National Rail Enquiries

Network Rail press office - North West & Central Region
07740 782954

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