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Line reopens after freight train derailment causes week of disruption

A crane was required help clear the track. Credit: Network Rail.

After a week of disruption rail commuters can travel from Ely to Peterborough again after the line reopened this morning.

It was closed after a freight train derailed on Monday, 14 August seriously damaging the track.

No-one was injured.

A crane was needed to remove the heavy containers and their wagons before repair work could begin, with bus replacement services provided for passengers.

In total engineers replaced nearly ¼ mile of track.

Rail experts say the cost of the derailment could top a million pounds.

Our engineers and specialist teams have worked tirelessly over the last week to recover the derailed wagons and carry out major repair work so that services can resume today as planned.

I’d like to thank passengers for their patience while we completed the repairs.

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

UPDATE: M6 - NORTHBOUND - WEST MIDLANDS

All lanes have re-opened on the M6 following an earlier accident. Credit: ITV News Central

Two lanes remain closed on the M6 following a road accident, Northbound between J5 for Castle Bromwich and J6 for the A38(M).

The motorway was closed for over three hours after an accident involving three vehicles.

Two lanes remain closed for clean-up, Highways England have confirmed. There is heavy traffic on the motorway.

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ROADS: M6 - SOUTHBOUND - WEST MIDLANDS

The M6 Southbound is closed after a serious accident involving five cars.

There is stationary traffic between J6 A38(M) Aston Expressway / A5127 Gravelly Hill / A38 Tyburn Road / Slade Road Spaghetti Junction and J5 A452 (Castle Bromwich), congestion to J7 A34 (Great Barr).

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