Huge delays across Yorkshire after train derails overnight - everything you need to know

There are huge delays on the rail network across Yorkshire after a train derailed near Church Fenton overnight.

Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:36 am
Updated Tuesday, 4th May 2021, 10:38 am

Here is everything you need to know about travel from Leeds station and around Yorkshire today - with delays expected all day:

What happened?

An engineering train derailed shortly before 3am on Tuesday morning. (May 4)

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Nobody was hurt when five wagons came off the tracks just before 02:00, but no trains are currently able to run between Church Fenton and Micklefield. This means services between York and Leeds are currently being cancelled, delayed or diverted. cc Leeds city station

Nobody was hurt when five wagons came off the tracks just before 2am, but no trains are currently able to run between Church Fenton and Micklefield.

This means services between York and Leeds are currently being cancelled, delayed or diverted.

Network Rail workers have been on site since the early hours to inspect the damage caused and establish a plan that removes the derailed train wagons, repairs the damage and gets passenger services back to normal as quickly and safely as possible.

The train was delivering new rail to the area when the incident occurred. Before the train can be removed after a derailment, inspectors from the Rail Accident Investigation Branch will have to examine the scene.

There is no indication of the cause at this time.

What did National Rail say?

"A freight train has derailed in the Church Fenton area.

"Consequently, trains between Leeds and York via Church Fenton will be cancelled or diverted. This is expected until the end of the day.

Which routes are affected?

CrossCountry between Plymouth / Bristol Temple Meads / Penzance / Birmingham New Street and Newcastle, between Leeds / Birmingham New Street / Plymouth / Bristol Temple Meads and Edinburgh

LNER between Leeds and Aberdeen

Northern between Leeds / Hull and York and also between Garforth and Church Fenton

TransPennine Express between Manchester Piccadilly and York, between Liverpool Lime Street and Newcastle / Edinburgh and also between Manchester Victoria and York / Redcar Central

How has it affected travel?

This incident is affecting Northern, CrossCountry, TransPennine Express and LNER services and disruption is expected for at least the rest of the day.

What should commuters do?

Passengers who need to travel are strongly advised to check their journey via National Rail Enquiries or with their train operator and allow plenty of time. People should continue to follow the latest Government guidance and minimise travel as much as possible.

What did Network Rail say?

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 and advise those who need to travel today to check before they do so.”