Monday 14 Aug 2017
Derailment of freight train at Ely affecting services between Ely and Peterborough
Services between Ely and Peterborough are being affected following the derailment of a freight train that has also caused significant damage to the track. Network Rail engineers expect that the recovery to take several days. Passengers are urged to check with their train operators before traveling this evening and over the next few days.
The incident occurred at approximately 14:40 on Monday 14 August, when 11 wagons of a 33 wagon freight train travelling north of Ely derailed. No one was injured.
Trains are unable to run between Ely and Peterborough and other services through the area may be disrupted or affected by knock-on delays.
Network Rail engineers are on site working to recover the derailed wagons, which is likely to take a number of days as they will require to be lifted away by crane. The track is also damaged and will need to be replaced before services can run again. Further updates and timescales will be released over the next few days.
Simon Ancona, Network Rail’s chief operating officer for Anglia, said: "This is a serious incident and our engineers are on site working tirelessly to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. The recovery is very complex and not helped by the rural location and will take several days. I understand how frustrating this is for passengers and would like to thank them for their patience while we work to get services up and running again.”
The incident affects CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia passengers. Passengers are advised to check how their journey may be affected with their train operator, or nationalrail.co.uk
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