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Freight train derails leading to major disruption

A freight train has derailed between Ely and Peterborough leaving the line blocked and causing major disruption for commuters.

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Freight train cleared from track but rail line still closed until Monday

A derailed freight train has blocked the Ely to Peterborough line since Monday. Credit: ITV News

The freight train that was derailed and has blocked a busy rail line since Monday has now been cleared from the track.

But the line between Ely and Peterborough will remain closed until Monday while repairs are made to the track. Services between East Anglia and the Midlands and north have been severely disrupted.

Network Rail says work has started to remove the broken rails ready for replacement tracks to be installed over a ¼ mile stretch. The work is scheduled to complete over the weekend and the line is due to open again on Monday.

"We’ve made excellent progress and have moved all the wagons from the track.

"Our engineers are working tirelessly to complete this so we can reopen the line on Monday as planned so passengers will be on the move once again.

"I’d like to thank passengers for their continued patience.”

– Simon Ancona, Network Rail’s chief operating officer for Anglia

The incident affects CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia passengers.

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