Freight train derailment triggers major service disruption in UK

11 November 2020 (Last Updated November 11th, 2020 15:48)

A freight train derailment in Sheffield, UK, has caused major railway service disruptions across the north of England.

A freight train derailment in Sheffield, UK, has caused major railway service disruptions across the north of England.

In a statement, rail operator Northern said that a freight train came off the track near South Yorkshire around 3am local time today (11 November). The incident derailed several carriages.

However, no other train was involved in the incident and there were no injuries due to the mishap.

An investigation is currently underway to determine the cause of the derailment.

Several train operators suspended or diverted their services due to the accident.

Northern confirmed that there will be no services through Sheffield until further notice and advised customers to seek alternative transport. The operator is also working to provide road transport services as a replacement.

Services operated by CrossCountry, East Midlands Railway and Transpennine Express are also impacted.

According to a BBC report, East Midlands Railway will deploy buses to shuttle passengers between Chesterfield and Sheffield.

CrossCountry suspended services between Derby and Leeds and will be unable to serve Chesterfield, Sheffield or Wakefield Westgate.

In addition, TransPennine Express services on the Sheffield-Doncaster and Sheffield-Manchester Piccadilly routes were replaced with buses.

All lines through Sheffield are blocked, Sky News reported citing National Rail Enquiries.

It is immediately not clear when the services will be restored. However, workers are on-site to shift the freight train.