Derailment causes rail disruption

Passengers faced disruption to services on Tuesday morning after an engineering train derailed at Church Fenton overnight.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 3:46 pm

Nobody was hurt when five wagons came off the tracks just before 2am, but no trains were able to run between Church Fenton and Micklefield, cancelling and delaying services between York and Leeds.

Matt Rice, Route Director for Network Rail’s North and East Route, said: “I apologise for the disruption passengers are experiencing today as a result of the derailed engineering train at Church Fenton.

“Our teams have been on site since the early hours of the morning and we are working as quickly as we can to safely remove the train, inspect and repair the infrastructure, and get passenger services back to normal.

“I am grateful for passengers’ patience.”

Network Rail workers inspected damage caused and establish a plan to remove the derailed train wagons, repair the damage and get passenger services back to normal as quickly and safely as possible.

The train was delivering new rail to the area when the incident happened.

Before the train could be removed, inspectors from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch had to examine the scene.

The incident affected Northern, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and LNER services.