Emergency services tackle fire in undercarriage of Wrexham train which led to delays and disruption

The incident led to suspended services. Credit: PA Images

Emergency services have tackled a fire which caught alight in the undercarriage of a train in north Wales.

The Transport for Wales and Avanti West Coast service between Wrexham General and Chester experienced disruption following a fire which broke out at 6.43am on Wednesday morning (February 8).

The incident led to suspended services and nearby traffic being diverted. One lane of the A483, which is adjacent to the line, is now back open.

Firefighters used four sets of breathing apparatus and three hose reel jets to bring it under control as they worked between J5 A541 Mold Road (Gwersyllt) and J6 A5156 (Gresford).

All passengers and crew are safe, with no injuries reported.

North Wales Police, Network Rail, Transport for Wales, Welsh Ambulance Service and British Transport Police were also at the scene.

In a statement, a Transport for Wales spokesperson explained: “This morning, the 0425 Holyhead-Cardiff Central service was stopped near Wrexham General after reports of a fire on the train. All passengers and crew are safe and the fire services are in attendance.

“A number of services between Shrewsbury and Chester have been affected as a result, with replacement bus services in operation. We’re very sorry for the disruption to people’s journeys. We advise customers to check before they travel using the TfW website, app, or JourneyCheck page.”

Meanwhile, North Wales Police said: "Due to an ongoing incident the A483 northbound J5 from B & Q roundabout is currently shut. Please find alternative routes. Thank you for your co-operation."