Passengers had to evacuate a train which was stranded between Preston and Wigan
Passengers had to be evacuated from a train when power problems left it stranded between Preston and Wigan.
National Rail said: “Damage to the overhead wires between Preston and Wigan North Western means all lines are currently blocked between these stations. Trains running between these stations may be cancelled, severely delayed by up to 100 minutes or diverted. Major disruption is expected until the end of the day.”
The disruption has affected routes running as far as Glasgow and London Euston as well as more frequent routes such as the Northern trains running to areas including Manchester, Cumbria and Liverpool.
Network Rail Lancashire & Cumbria tweeted: “Due to overhead line damage at Coppull @AvantiWestCoast & @northernassist WCML trains are unable to run between Preston & Wigan. We’re out on site responding to the incident.”
Bus replacement services have been set up between Preston and Huyton while other routes have either been cancelled or face long delays. For some unfortunate passengers, their train was left stranded between stations and they had to evacuate from where it stopped.
British Transport Police assisted in the process and at around 6.30pm had helped all passengers to safety. A spokesperson said: “All passengers are now off the stranded train and transferred to another train. Officers are just finishing up on site at this time. We have officers on scene assisting with the evacuation of passengers from a stranded train between #Preston and #Wigan.”
- 19:20, 16 JUN 2022