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Widespread disruption likely across North West England

Flooding at Culcheth Farm

Severe weather conditions continue to impact on Northern’s ability to operate services in the North West.

Delays and short notice cancellations are likely for the rest of Sunday as a band of heavy rain remains across the region.

Localised flooding is likely to create problems on a number of routes – although in some cases the flood waters may subside quickly.

Northern customers are advised to allow extra time for travel and to check ahead – up to the last minute – for all rail travel in the North West.

Status at 4.30pm on Sunday 29 September

  • Trains between Blackpool North and Preston are suspended following reports of floodwater on the line in the Poulton le Fylde area
  • Flooding at Culcheth Farm (pictured above), between Newton le Willows and Manchester, means trains are running at reduced speeds in the area
  • There are lineside equipment issues between Summit and Dean Royd tunnels – towards Manchester Victoria which may cause delays
  • Flooding at New Lane is affecting services between Wigan and Southport with speed restrictions in place
  • Trains are running at reduced speeds on the West Coast Mainline due to flooding in the Bay Horse area north of Preston
  • Trains are running at reduced speeds at Hellifield because of flooding in the area
  • Trains are running at reduced speeds between Leeds and Harrogate due to flooding
    Services between Sheffield and Manchester affected by flooding at Edale – no services to Manchester and speed restriction towards Sheffield
  • Possible flooding near to Kirkstall Forge – conditions are being monitored

Speed restrictions remain in place on many parts of the network as a precaution.

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