Travel update after train derailment in Warwickshire

Credit: Network Rail

Network Rail has released an update following the derailment of seven wagons of a freight train in Warwickshire on the 12th September 2018.

The incident took place at Coleshill in Warwickshire and has also caused significant damage to the track.

Engineers are now working round the clock to re-rail the wagons and repair the track.

The incident happened just before 3 pm on the 12th September 2018 – thankfully, no one was injured. None of the cargo was spilled either.

The cause of the incident is under investigation and Network Rail is working with the Rail Accident Investigation Branch to determine the cause of the accident.

Currently, trains are not able to run between Birmingham New Street and Nuneaton, other services may also be disrupted.

CrossCountry services between Birmingham and Stansted Airport have been diverted, and as a result, are not calling at stations between Birmingham and Leicester.

A shuttle service is operating between Leicester and Nuneaton, and road transport is being provided between Nuneaton and Birmingham International for onward travel.

Passengers are now being urged to check before travelling as these changes will mean longer journeys.

The recovery along with the repairs are likely to take a number of days to complete, this is due to a crane being needed to lift the wagons.

Seven wagons of a 32-wagon freight train travelling south from Coleshill freight depot have derailed. Four of them are on their side.

What did the officials say?

James Dean, chief operating officer for Network Rail’s London North Western route, said:

“Our engineers are on site working tirelessly to resolve the issue as quickly as possible.

“We would like to thank train passengers for bearing with us as we work to get services up and running again.”

A GBRf spokesperson said:

“We continue to work with Network Rail, our customers and the rail terminal operator  to  ensure the line is  reopened as soon as possible. We will work with the RAIB to ascertain the cause of yesterday’s incident.”

CrossCountry’s commercial director, Ben Simkin, said:

 “We would like to apologise to our customers affected by this. Our priority has been to quickly provide alternative arrangements for people needing to travel and to ensure this information is easily available on our website. We will resume our normal service as soon as Network Rail are able to repair the damaged tracks.”

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