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Parts of West coast Main Line to close between 7 and 9pm

All services on the West Coast Main Line will stop for two hours between 7-9pm and no alternative transport will be available.

Additionally the severe weather conditions will see trains slow as a precaution from 4pm on the following routes:

  • Carlisle - Preston / Crewe
  • Manchester Piccadilly / Liverpool Lime Street - Crewe / Stoke-on-Trent
  • Carnforth / Barrow-in-Furness and Carlisle (Cumbrian Coast)
  • Settle - Carlisle
  • Preston - Blackpool North / Blackpool South
  • Lancaster - Windermere
  • Crewe - Stoke-on-Trent

Journey times could increase by up to 60 minutes. For more information click here.

Buses ferry train passengers after derailment closes line

National Rail has confirmed that there are no trains running between Carlisle and Oxenholme. It's believed a freight train has been derailed, closing the line.

Buses are running between Carlisle and Lancaster. The disruption is expected to last until at least the end of today.

Trains affected are Virgin trains between London Euston and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh and First TransPennine Express trains between Manchester Airport and Glasgow Central/Edinburgh


Long delays on trains between Carlisle and Lancaster

A Virgin train Credit: PA

Trains between Carlisle and Lancaster are experiencing delays of around 60 minutes.

The following changes will apply until at least 4.30pm:

Virgin Trains-

Buses are replacing trains between Preston and Lancaster

Passengers may use East Coast or First TransPennine Express services to complete their journey

Passengers may use Northern Rail services between Newcastle and Carlisle

First TransPennine Express-

Buses are replacing trains between Preston and Lancaster.

Taxpayer to be hit with "significant" bill over botched West Coast franchise

Taxpayers face a "significant" bill over the botched West Coast rail franchise process, a report from a Government spending watchdog has said.

The National Audit Office has released a report following the announcement that Virgin Trains will continue to run the London to Scotland line for the next 23 months.

The £5bn franchise was awarded to FirstGroup in October but that decision was contested by Richard Branson and Virgin Train.

The Government has already indicated that repaying bidding costs to the companies competing for the franchise is likely to land taxpayers with a bill of around £40 million.


Rail extension offers more trains

Glasgow and Cumbrian stations will gain more trains as a result of an extension along 171 miles to and from Glasgow.

Trains currently only run over the 230 miles of the route south of Lancaster.

The expansions is part of a new timetable being introduced on the West Coast Main Line.

Carlisle and Penrith North Lakes will be served by additional trains and Oxenholme, The Lake District will gain one more London train in each direction.

The new daily total of 15 Pendolino tilting trains each way represents a doubling of the number of weekday services between Glasgow Central and London Euston since 1997.

More trains for the region

A new timetable is being introduced on the West Coast Main Line, providing almost 2,000 extra seats a day on trains for Glasgow.

From Monday 10th December, a train will run every hour with the introduction of two extra Glasgow services running in both directions.

"Overall passenger numbers have more than doubled on our routes. Demand for travel between Glasgow, Cumbria and London has grown steadily since the last big timetable improvement in 2008-9.

"The extra capacity from December will provide a great opportunity for even more passengers to enjoy the service."

– Karen Hattie, General Manager for Virgin Trains in Scotland and Cumbria
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