14 August 2017, 18:48
Services between Ely and Peterborough are being affected by a freight train derailment that's also caused significant damage to the track at Manea.
Network Rail engineers expect that the recovery to take several days.
Passengers are urged to check with their train operators before traveling this evening and over the next few days.
The incident occurred at approximately 14:40 today (Monday 14th August), when 11 wagons of a 33 wagon freight train travelling north of Ely derailed, thankfully, no one was injured.
Trains are unable to run between Ely and Peterborough and other services through the area may be disrupted or affected by knock-on delays.
Network Rail engineers are on site working to recover the derailed wagons, which is likely to take a number of days as they will require to be lifted away by crane. The track is also damaged and will need to be replaced before services can run again. Further updates and timescales will be released over the next few days.
Simon Ancona, Network Rail's chief operating officer for Anglia, said:
"This is a serious incident and our engineers are on site working tirelessly to resolve the issue as quickly as possible. The recovery is very complex and not helped by the rural location and will take several days. I understand how frustrating this is for passengers and would like to thank them for their patience while we work to get services up and running again."
The incident affects CrossCountry, East Midlands Trains and Greater Anglia passengers. Passengers are advised to check how their journey may be affected with their train operator, or nationalrail.co.uk
:: Trains are unable to run between Bury St Edmunds and Peterborough
:: Buses will operate between Bury St Edmunds and Ely, calling at Ely, Manea, March, Whittlesea and Peterborough, which will be operated by Panther, Young's and Discovery
:: Customers at Manea are advised to use the Help Point to arrange onward transport, due to road access issues for the Double Decker Buses
:: Greater Anglia services between Norwich and Cambridge, and Ipswich and Cambridge are mostly unaffected
:: Customers travelling between Ipswich and Peterborough can travel via London. Tickets will be accepted on London Underground and Virgin Trains East Coast services.
:: Trains are unable to run between Cambridge and Peterborough
:: Tickets will be accepted on the following services
:: Great Northern on any reasonable route
:: Virgin Trains between London Euston and Birmingham New Street
:: London Midland between London Euston and Nuneaton / Birmingham New Street
:: East Midlands Trains on any reasonable route
:: Greater Anglia on any reasonable route
:: Virgin Trains East Coast between London Kings Cross and Peterborough
:: London Underground between London terminals
:: Chiltern Railways between London Marylebone and Birmingham Snow Hill
:: Trains are unable to run between Norwich and Peterborough
:: Advance purchase tickets may be used on other trains, than booked on the affected route
:: Tickets will be accepted on the following services-
:: Greater Anglia services between Norwich and London Liverpool Street / Ely
:: Great Northern services via London Kings Cross
:: Virgin Trains East Coast via London Kings Cross on all reasonable routes
:: CrossCountry on all reasonable routes
:: Hull Trains on all reasonable routes
:: Virgin Trains West Coast via London Euston
Check before you travel. Use the National Rail Enquiries real-time Journey Planner to check your journey before you travel.
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.