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Rail services returning to normal after train hit by overhead line near Wakefield

A train was damaged by the overhead lines Credit: Network Rail

Normal service is resuming on the railways in West Yorkshire after a train was hit by a power line near Wakefield this morning.

Engineers have been carrying out repairs after the windscreen of a Virgin Trains East Coast service was broken by damaged overhead line equipment.

Train services will now start to return to normal. There will still be some disruption as trains and crews are in the wrong place for the timetable. Network Rail and the train operators have plans to recover this and will restore normal services as quickly as possible.

We thank passengers for their patience while we completed this repair work.

– Network Rail

Rail delays in West Yorkshire after train hit by overhead line near Wakefield

Rail services between Leeds and Wakefield are facing disruption after a train was hit by an overhead power line near Wakefield Westgate.

The damaged overhead line Credit: Network Rail

Passengers on some Cross Country, Northern and Virgin services are being warned to expect delays until 2pm and advised to find alternative routes as the carriage is recovered.

Twitter users can keep up to date with developments using the hashtag #Wakefield.

We apologise to passengers that there is significant disruption to train services between Wakefield Westgate and Leeds.

"This morning, the windscreen of a Virgin Trains East Coast service was broken by damaged overhead line equipment. Arrangements are being made to remove the damaged train very shortly. The train driver was not hurt.

"There are two tracks in the area. Our engineers are on site and will complete work this afternoon to repair the overhead line over the affected track while diesel trains continue to run on the other track at reduced speed.

"Until the repair is complete no trains will call at Outwood and from approximately 1200 Virgin Train East Coast will not run between Leeds and London. Passengers for London are advised to travel via York. Buses are running between Wakefield and Doncaster and from Wakefield Westgate to Outwood. Customers at Outwood for Leeds should get a train to Wakefield Westgate and change for Leeds-bound services. CrossCountry services are being diverted and will call at Wakefield Kirkgate rather than Wakefield Westgate.

"We expect services to be fully restored in time for this evenings rush hour but passengers are advised to check with national rail enquiries for the latest information."

– Network Rail


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