Line between Ely and Peterborough reopens following major recovery operation: Rail crane lifts wagons and containers

Monday 21 Aug 2017

Line between Ely and Peterborough reopens following major recovery operation

Route:
Anglia

The line between Ely and Peterborough reopened this morning following the completion of extensive repair work after a freight train derailed last Monday.

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.

A team of Network Rail engineers and specialists began a major recovery operation to lift the derailed wagons off the track with a rail crane, which was completed on Thursday afternoon.

The broken rails were then cleared from the site and engineers replaced nearly ¼ mile of track, which was completed over the weekend ready for the line to reopen for start of service on Monday morning (21 August 2017).

Simon Ancona, Network Rail’s chief operating officer for Anglia, said: “Our engineers and specialist teams have worked tirelessly over the last week to recover the derailed wagons and carry out major repair work so that services can resume today as planned. I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we completed the repairs.”

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