Long train delays in Leeds after lightning strike hits signals: travel advice issued

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Long delays on trains from Leeds are expected to last until at least 3.30pm, National Rail has said.

A fault with the signalling system between Leeds and York means that some lines are blocked. As a result, trains between these stations may be delayed by up to 60 minutes.
Disruption is expected until 15:30.

Lightning has blocked train lines

Lightning has blocked train lines

There is also disruption in the Doncaster area.

Advice for Northern customers:

Northern advise customers not to travel at this time in the Yorkshire area due to severe infrastructure failure caused by lightning strikes.

The only services Northern are able to operate at this time in the affected area are:

Sheffield to Lincoln

Sheffield to Manchester Piccadilly

Hull to Scarborough

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All other routes are blocked in the Yorkshire area at this time.

Unfortunately we are unable to provide road transport due to the scale of the disruption.

Alternative travel advice for CrossCountry customers:

You may use your ticket with the following operators:

Virgin Trains between Birmingham New Street and Glasgow Central in both directions

TransPennine Express via any reasonable route until further notice

Northern via any reasonable route until further notice

London North Eastern Railway via any reasonable route until further notice

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Ticket restrictions for today have been lifted. Passengers who hold tickets dated for travel today may travel tomorrow if preferred.

Alternative travel advice for London North Eastern Railway customers:

You may use your ticket on CrossCountry services via any reasonable route.

Alternative travel advice for TransPennine Express customers:

You may use your ticket with the following operators:

CrossCountry between Leeds and York

Grand Central between York and Northallerton

Northern via any reasonable route

London North Eastern Railway between Leeds and York

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Replacement road transport is running as follows:

Leeds -

12:00 1 x 16 Seater operated by Wyatt Coaches Ltd

12:45 1 x Standard Coach operated by David's Handy Rider

Manchester Piccadilly -

12:15 1 x Standard Coach operated by Eminence Travel

Stalybridge -

12:00 1 x 16 Seater operated by David's Handy Rider

York

12:30 2 X Standard Coaches operated by R & S Waterson t/a Waterson Coaches

Check before you travel:

You can check your journey using the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner

Twitter:

If you would like to follow this incident on Twitter, please use #York

Compensation:

You may be entitled to compensation if you experience a delay in completing your journey today. Please keep your train ticket and make a note of your journey, as both will be required to support any claim.