Chaos at Wigan North Western station as train derails

A TRAIN has derailed at a major station – forcing mass cancellations on a busy line and leaving passengers stranded.

National Rail has confirmed that the train has derailed at Wigan North Western station this afternoon.

A stock pic of Wigan North Western stationCredit: Alamy

Northern and TransPennine Express routes are currently affected and trains may be cancelled, revised or delayed until at least 6pm.

The routes affected include the Northern route between Blackpool North/Wigan North Western and Liverpool Lime Street.

The line between Barrow-in-Furness/Windermere and Manchester Airport is also obstructed.

The TransPennine Express route between Glasgow Central and Liverpool Lime Street is also affected.

Passengers have been issued a list of alternative routes which you can read in the box below.

National Rail said: “A derailed train in the Wigan North Western area means all lines are blocked.

“As a result, trains may be canceled or revised. This is expected until 6pm.”

Which route should you take instead?

All stations between Wigan North Western and St Helens Central will not be served.

Northern ticket holders traveling from Wigan North Western towards Liverpool Lime Street are advised to travel on Northern services from Wigan Wallgate to either Headbolt Lane or Southport and board Merseyrail services to Liverpool Lime Street.

Northern ticket holders traveling from Blackpool North towards Liverpool Lime Street are advised to travel on Northern services to Preston.

Change for alternative services towards Ormskirk where onward connections with Merseyrail services are available to Liverpool Lime Street.

All ticket restrictions have been lifted during this disruption to allow customers to complete their journey.

Replacement road transport has been requested to operate between Wigan North Western – St Helens Central in both directions.

Further information will be posted once operators have been sourced and departure times confirmed.

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