Update - services now resumed on track hit by tractor in Fitzwilliam, Wakefield: Train on track at Fitzwilliam

Thursday 16 Aug 2018

Update - services now resumed on track hit by tractor in Fitzwilliam, Wakefield

Region & Route:
| Eastern

All services are now able to travel on the track in Fitzwilliam, West Yorkshire after it was struck by a tractor last night.

Network Rail engineers together with the emergency services worked through the night to remove the tractor and carry out emergency repairs. Some services were able to resume running at 10:30 and this was followed by a full service on the lines from 13:00.

Electric trains operated by London North Eastern Railway are currently coasting through the affected area prior to further engineering work taking place overnight.

Tonight Network Rail engineers will begin further engineering repairs which once complete, will allow electric trains to travel through the affected area as normal.

Due to the nature of the incident, residual delays are expected so passengers are urged to check their journey ahead of time via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator.

We are sorry for any disruption and we'd like to thank passengers for their patience today.

Notes to Editors

Coasting is where the train drops its pantograph during the affected area allowing it to pass through before raising the pantograph again to continue its journey.

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Joanne Parker

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