Harrogate rail line hit by cancellations after lightning strikes key signal system

The Harrogate line is among those across Yorkshire hit by cancellations
The Harrogate line is among those across Yorkshire hit by cancellations

Passengers on the Harrogate train line are facing major delays and cancellations after lightning caused a key signalling system to fail.

Rail operator Northern are advising customers not to attempt travelling on the line until later on this afternoon after widespread problems were caused across Yorkshire when lightning struck near the Integrated Electronic Control Centre in York at around 10am today (July 27).

A spokesperson has said that disruptions to the line and further afield could continue after 2pm, online the company has said that disruptions are expected until 3.15pm.

A spokesperson said: "We are advising customers to avoid travelling by train before 2pm, after this we are asking them to check before-hand as we are expecting residual delays and cancellations as a result of this morning. There are also more storms forecasted for this afternoon."

The Intergrated Electronic Control Centre controls train movements through Leeds Station onto the East, West and North West. For those attempting to travel elsewhere the only Northern services which are available are Sheffield to Lincoln, Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly and Hull to Scarborough.

Bus company Trandev, parent company of the Harrogate Bus Company, has advised that services were already expected to be busy due to an event at York Racecourse. It's Cityzap and Coastliner services are available every 15 minutes between Leeds and York, and the company has said it is looking to provide additional capacity where possible