Travellers are still experiencing major disruption on the West Coast mainline due to overhead power cable damage between Lancashire and Carlisle.

Network Rail announced no services were able to run in either direction on Thursday, with bus services replacing the routes affected.

Engineers inspected the extent of the damage to the overhead lines overnight, with hope services will be up and running by Friday morning.

Rail companies are urging travellers to check with Avante West Coast, TransPennine Express Trains and National Rail for the latest travel information.

Phil James, director for Network Rail’s North West route, said: “We’re sorry to passengers affected by the problems with the overhead power lines at Hest Bank. We have specialist repair teams on site working as fast as they can to fix the cables and restore power so trains can safely run again through the area.

“Disruption is expected for the rest of the day so we’re urging people to plan their journeys and check before they travel with their train operator or National Rail Enquiries."