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Train from Euston to Chester collides with buffers

A man has been taken to hospital after a Virgin Trains train from London Euston hit the buffers at a railway station. The collision happened just after midday at Chester station. Tweeted pictures of the scene showed the train up against the buffers with debris strewn around including a mangled bike.

Virgin said: "We can confirm that an incident took place earlier today at Chester station.

"It took place at approximately 12.10pm and the train involved was the 10.10pm Virgin Trains' service from London Euston to Chester. One person was taken to hospital as a precaution.

"No other train was involved. The train is currently in a bay platform so it will not affect any other services."

Plans to demolish Euston Station scrapped

Euston station to be developed not rebuilt for HS2 rail project Credit: Johnny Green/PA Wire

Plans to knock down and rebuild London's Euston station as part of the High Speed 2 rail project have been scrapped.

Instead the station will be developed with 11 new platforms for the high speed link being built around the existing platforms.

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Services disrupted all day

Damaged cables causing delays Credit: RMT union

On their website, London Midland give this service update:

"Due to the overhead wires having been brought down at Hanslope Junction, there are currently no trains running between Northampton and Milton Keynes, or on the direct Rugby to Milton Keynes route."

"As a result, services on the Euston line will be disrupted all day. Trains can run between Northampton, Rugby and Birmingham New Street but as most services normally come from London, delays and cancellations are likely on this route too. We are extremely sorry if your journey is affected."

London Midland tickets can be used on the following services for no extra charge:

  • East Midlands Trains between Wellingborough-London St Pancras

  • Chiltern Railways between Birmingham Moor St-London Marylebone