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Line blocked between Carlisle and Kilmarnock due to derailed train

Train delays in Cumbria due to signalling problems and landslip

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Landslides cause rail disruption between Workington and Carlisle

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The West Coast rail between Workington and Carlisle remains closed following heavy rain and landslides overnight.

Two track side land-slips at Wigton and Aspatria, and four seperate floods at Maryport have led Northern Rail to close services on the line until further notice.

Train services are being replaced by buses between Workington and Carlisle until further notice. We have members of our station team at Workington and Carlisle to assist.

We would like to apologise to our customers for this disruption. Network Rail engineers are working hard to return the railway to us as soon as possible."

– Northern Rail spokesperson

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Reaction to derailment delays in Dumfries

The train derailment near New Cumnock. Credit: Network Rail

Passengers travelling between Dumfries and Kilmarnock will face delays for the next two weeks, as work gets underway to repair the railway line.

The damage was caused when two engineering trains collided, leading to them being derailed.

At Dumfries station, there were mixed views on how the situation has been dealt with:

Last night on the internet we couldn't understand why there was no train service. We couldn't even pick up that there had been an accident. It's only this morning we've realised there was a train crash."

– Passenger at Dumfries station

I believe there's two buses now, possibly delays to get to Glasgow, but I'll get the direct bus to Kilmarnock."

– Passenger at Dumfries station

I heard yesterday that that is what happened, but somebody said there were putting buses on so that's fine."

– Passenger at Dumfries station

Buses taking train passengers from Dumfries

Replacement buses are operating from the station. Credit: ITV Border

Replacement buses have begun transporting passengers from Dumfries to Kilmarnock this morning, because of repairs to the railway line.

On Saturday (3 August) two engineering trains collided near New Cumnock.

No one was hurt, but for the next two weeks work will be taking place to repair the line, causing delays for passengers travelling between Cumbria and Scotland.

The station platform is particularly quiet this morning. Credit: ITV Border
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