Friday 20 Nov 2020
Full train service expected at Bradford Interchange tomorrow following major fire near railway
Network Rail has confirmed that a full train service is expected to run at Bradford Interchange from tomorrow, following five days of changes due to a large fire near the railway.
The fire started on Upper Castle Street in the early hours of Monday, 16 November and no trains could run to, from or through the station.
Our teams followed guidance from West Yorkshire Fire and Rescue Service on when it was safe to access the railway to carry out vital safety inspections and test the signalling.
Trains between Bradford Interchange and Leeds resumed yesterday afternoon, but there is still disruption to services due to the amount of smoke in the area. Trains between Bradford and Halifax are expected to resume tomorrow morning.
People who need to travel are advised to check their journey via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.
Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East route, said: “The safety of our teams and passengers is our priority, and with an incident on this scale, it was crucial that we followed guidance from the Fire Service on when the time was right to access the railway.
“The amount of smoke in the area brought challenges, but our teams have worked tirelessly to make sure lines can safely reopen. We want to thank passengers for their patience whilst this work was carried out.”
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