Signalling fault in Wigan causing delays to rail passengers: Generic signal picture 16x9

Friday 10 Dec 2021

Signalling fault in Wigan causing delays to rail passengers

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

Passengers are being warned of major disruption to trains after a fault with signalling equipment in Wigan.

Network Rail has now restored the signals – the traffic lights of the railway – so passenger and freight services can get back on the move.

However trains on routes between Preston, Wigan, Kirkby, Gathurst and Warrington are likely to be impacted for the rest of the day.

People are urged to check or with their individual train operator for the latest travel information.

Chris Pye, Network Rail’s North West route infrastructure director, said: “I’m extremely sorry we have been unable to give passengers the service they expect and deserve today. My teams have now fixed the complex fault but it will take some time to get trains back to the normal timetable again. I’d like thank all those people delayed for their continued patience and I’d urge anyone planning to travel today to check National Rail Enquiries for the latest travel information.”

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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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